Preventive Dentistry

Regular preventive dental appointments are an important step in your oral health routine. They help reduce the risk of periodontal disease while helping to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Preventive dentistry can also result in less extensive and less expensive treatment for conditions that may develop over time.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental exams and cleanings each year to prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. This gives your dental professionals an opportunity to look for signs of trouble before they have time to progress further. Your dentist may recommend more or less frequent appointments depending on your age, lifestyle, risk factors and general oral and dental health.

Patients play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts as well. Self-care, such as twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy.

We will take x-rays of your teeth to help locate disease and cavities that can’t be seen by the naked eye. We recommend taking a full set of x-rays every three to five years and cavity check x-rays every year.
Your dentist will perform the exam and check for cavities and other conditions. He/she will discuss the results of the exam and answer questions about your recommended treatment or dental health in general.

Your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, and tartar, the hardened plaque. Plaque and tartar can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Your hygienist will also provide an overview of proper flossing and brushing techniques. 

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A fluoride varnish is completed depending on individual risk for decay. Your dental professional will assess your risk and provide recommendations depending on your dental needs.
Sealants are a clear or white material applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They keep out plaque and food to prevent cavities.