Encourage your patients to understand the impact of a healthy, radiant smile and feel empowered to continue a good oral hygiene routine at home. Our selection of preventive dentistry products — from fluoride varnish to oral rinses, prophy paste and more — are aimed at helping patients not only maintain healthy teeth and gums, but also minimize the risk of dental issues before they happen or progress any further. Keep tooth decay, gum disease and oral infections at bay with our lineup of over-the-counter, professional and prescription-strength preventive dentistry solutions, from leading manufacturers such as 3M and Colgate, along with our dedicated Henry Schein® Brand product portfolio.
Preventive dentistry involves a combination of professional dental care — in the form of prophylaxis, fluoride treatments and patient education — as well as at-home oral hygiene routines to keep patients’ oral health front and center:
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Dental prophy angles and prophy paste are essential during prophylaxis to achieve proper cleaning and polishing. The abrasive particles found in prophy paste, combined with the rotational power of a prophy angle (when attached to a dental handpiece), help ensure thorough plaque and stain removal — leaving enamel feeling smooth and polished.
Professional fluoride treatments, including fluoride varnish, as well as products such as dental sealants, are vital components of preventive dentistry. Together, they provide an extra layer of defense against tooth decay and gum disease, with benefits ranging from preventing food and bacteria from settling into grooves and pits, to strengthening tooth enamel and reducing the risk of dental caries.
Preventive dentistry is just as important in the office as it is in a patient’s home. That’s why providing comprehensive, easy-to-follow instruction is crucial. Daily or general use products span anywhere from manual and electric toothbrushes to mouthwashes and toothpastes — including those that contain fluoride — all of which help to establish simple, everyday routines for better oral health.
As clinicians, it’s important to educate patients on the differences between at-home and in-office fluoride treatments. Although both help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay, there are key differences between the two:
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Patient education and regular dental check-ups are the foundation for effective preventive dentistry. But it doesn’t stop there. Product advancements, such as smart toothbrushes and advanced sealant materials, help contribute to more efficient, patient-friendly and personalized approaches, too. Fortunately, there have been many innovations in preventive dentistry, particularly around dental caries maintenance, including products designed to rebuild and repair enamel at the first signs of breakdown. Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus, for example, is a non-invasive, drill-free chairside product that uses calcium, phosphate and minerals found in the patient’s saliva to strengthen and remineralize the entire enamel layer. Staying up to date on product advancements like these is a crucial step toward providing optimal oral care and offering the most cutting-edge preventive measures for your patients.
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Good oral hygiene, coupled with products that are effective and pleasant to use, can help patients maintain regimens that will prevent caries and gum disease down the road.
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