Preventative dentistry is the best kind of dentistry. Ask any dentist and they’ll tell you, preventing a problem with your teeth is better than anything that can be done to fix a problem. We don’t have any before-and-after galleries for preventative dentistry but ask any of our patients and they’ll tell you how good it is to never need any other kind of treatment. Preventative dentistry patients are the happiest dental patients, which healthy attractive smiles they can confidently share, year after year.
Preventative dentistry reduces your need for many other dental procedures, including:
This will save not only your smile: it will save you time and money.
Good oral health starts in adolescence. We strongly encourage all parents to bring their children in for their first dental cleaning and exam. The more familiar your child gets with dental exams and cleanings, the more likely they will continue good oral hygiene habits in the future. These appointments can also help us identify and treat problems in their earliest stages.
Dental Hygiene: A Team Effort
Preventative dentistry is the one kind of dentistry you don’t need a license to practice. You have an important role in the cleaning of your teeth—we can’t do it without you. Your job is to practice good oral hygiene: brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss every day.
And, of course, you need to make your dental hygiene and teeth cleaning appointments. If you have trouble making your dental appointments due to anxiety, talk to us about sedation dentistry, which can help you overcome your fear.
What We Do at Your Teeth Cleaning Visit
At your teeth cleaning visit, we will clean and polish your teeth. This will make them look shiny and bright. This is the time to decide whether you need teeth whitening because a professional cleaning will show their true shade.
We will also remove tartar, hard deposits on your teeth where you typically miss cleaning. Tartar is a calcified plaque that provides shelter for bacteria in your mouth and can contribute significantly to gum disease.
Finally, we will check your mouth for signs that problems are developing. We will let you know about signs of tooth decay. If necessary, we will recommend minor treatments, such as gum treatment, to prevent problems from worsening. We may also recommend changes to your daily hygiene routine.