Preventative dentistry is essential to maintain optimal oral health. Oral health can also directly affect your overall health. It is maintained by having a combination of regular preventative dental services and strong personal dental hygiene. 

Preventative dental care includes:

  • Home care (brushing and flossing)
  • Regular dental cleanings and exams
  • Preventative treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride treatment
  • Reviewing your diet and any habits that may affect your oral health
  • Recommending oral health products or hygiene aids for your use

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental check-ups every year. Observing this recommendation can help you stop dental disease in its beginning stages.

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Benefits Of Preventative Dentistry

Gum disease prevention 

Preventative dental care can catch gum disease in its beginning stages. Gum disease occurs when bacteria levels are enough to cause the gums to become inflamed. Left untreated, gum disease such as gingivitis can progress into a more serious condition such as periodontitis. 

Detect jaw conditions early 

Bruxism is a jaw condition in which you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth. This may happen during the day or during the night and go completely unnoticed. Rarely do people suspect they have Bruxism on their own. Preventative dental services are essential to prevent the condition from progressing into jaw misalignment and severe headaches. 

Decreased costs

Regular preventative dental treatments can save money over time. The cost of regular visits that can stop issues from progressing, is far less than waiting too long and incurring greater costs for more serious treatments. 

Cavity prevention

The main benefit of preventative dentistry is to avoid the formation of cavities. Regular flossing and brushing are often not enough. Regular preventative cleaning appointments will assist in keeping cavities from forming or progressing.  


Preventative Dentistry Services You Can Expect

Depending on your current dental health and oral health history, your preventative treatment will vary accordingly. So, here is the process of preventative dental care you can expect:

  • An initial examination to see the state of your teeth and gums
  • Assessing previous dental work to ensure everything is functioning properly
  • Oral cancer screening as necessary
  • X-rays as necessary
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Gum tissue health examination 



Preventative dental services can help retain optimal dental health for a lifetime. We care about our patients and hope to help you in taking care of your dental health for years to come.