The first goal of dentistry is to prevent dental disease from occurring. With this in mind, all
procedures that prevent dental decay and gum disease from occurring is a part of preventive
dentistry. Procedures that assist in disease prevention can include regular hygiene
appointments, fluoride treatments, and regular dental check ups to ensure optimal dental
health. Providing education about nutrition is also a big part of prevention because the type of
food that is eaten especially in children. In addition to these procedures, procedures such as
using a night guard to protect the biting surfaces of the teeth from wearing down.