Ch. 15 Preventive Dentistry

What is the goal of preventive dentistry?
to have a healthy mouth

What is one of the most common dental disease?
dental caries(cavities)

What is the goal of a patient education program?
to teach patients how to take care of their teeth and develop sound dental habits

What is the initial step in a patient education program?
listening to the patient

Dental sealants
are made of a hard covering that is placed in the pits and fissures of teeth

Fluoride combats decay by
enhancing remineralization

What technique is used in the dental office to provide fluoride treatment?
topical

What precaution is necessary for children who are using fluoridated toothpaste?
making sure the child does not swallow the toothpaste

How do sugar-free sodas relate to dental caries?
increase acidity

What can patients do daily to remove plaque?
brush/floss

Which type of toothbrush bristles are usually recommended?
soft

Which of the following is recommended after meals and snacks when toothbrushing and flossing are not possible?
Rinse with water

Fluoride varnish is used with which group of patients?
Patients of any age

What dental condition is the result of too much fluoride?
flurosis

What is the key dietary factor that relates to dental caries?
sugar

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