What is Preventive Dentistry?

how important is preventive dentistryIn the world of dentistry, treatment is categorized into several divisions. For instance, treatments that address your smile’s appearance, like teeth-whitening, are considered cosmetic dentistry. Likewise, restoring a tooth’s health, such as with a tooth-filling, is more often considered restorative dentistry. Preventive dentistry, then, is the art of preventing issues from affecting your teeth and gums in the first place. It is also the only branch of dentistry that you can, and should, effectively practice at home every day.

Prevention at Home

At home, preventing dental issues means more than just occasionally brushing and flossing your teeth. Actually, brushing and flossing should be done at least twice every day. Still, however, you should also refrain from excessive snacking, which can feed oral bacteria that produce a variety of harmful substances. To keep your toothbrush and floss effective, you should schedule and attend a dental checkup and cleaning at our office at least once every six months.

The Point of Routine Dental Checkups and Cleanings

When bacteria accumulate in your mouth, they form dental plaque to protect themselves and to cling to your teeth as they grow stronger. Brushing and flossing helps keep bacteria and plaque in check, but the spots that you miss will calcify (harden) into tartar, which you cannot remove at home. A dental checkup and cleaning allows us to check and make sure that tartar hasn’t led to the early development of tooth decay or gum disease. It also allows us to more thoroughly clean plaque and calcified tartar from your teeth to reduce your risks of destructive dental diseases.


Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.