The goal of preventive dentistry is to help you avoid issues like cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Preventive dental care not only protects your oral health, but it also promotes better overall wellbeing. That’s why we recommend scheduling an appointment for a teeth cleaning and oral examination at least every 6 months.
Here are the preventive dental services we offer.
When was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned? If it’s been more than 6 months, you should call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We don’t recommend skipping teeth cleanings because they allow us to spot oral health issues before they worsen.
After your teeth cleaning, one of our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth. They’ll also examine any X-rays that were taken during your appointment with us. The dentist may also perform an oral cancer screening to check for any discolored patches or lumps inside your mouth.
An oral cancer screening could save your life. Theestimates that over 53,000 Americans will get oral or throat cancer this year. This is why our dentists provide oral cancer screenings to all their patients. The earlier we can detect oral cancer, the better your chances for survival.
Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. That’s why our dentists may recommend dental sealants to protect your back teeth. A dental sealant is a plastic coating we paint onto the biting surfaces of your molars. This coating seals up any grooves or divots where plaque can hide.
Aboutage 30 and older have periodontitis. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that can often lead to bone loss in the jaw, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, our dentists offer a procedure called scaling and root planing to help mitigate the effects of gum disease.