Preventive Services

Preventive dentistry encompasses a wide range of services vital to good oral hygiene. These procedures allow us to detect dental problems at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time, and money. The old rule-of-thumb has been two preventive dentist visits per year, but this rule is too general. Your oral hygiene needs depend on a number of factors, such as your age and the condition of your teeth and gums. For example, those suffering from periodontal disease may need more frequent visits while we get the disease under control. Our dentists will recommend a schedule that is right for you.

Whatever the frequency, regular cleanings are important because they allow the dental hygienist to remove tartar buildup, which if not kept under control, can lead to unhealthy gums, bad breath and tooth decay or loss.

During your visit, you can expect the following:

  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • Apply fluoride (for children)
  • Oral exam, including an assessment of your gums, a TMJ screening and an oral cancer exam
  • X-rays
  • Recommendation(s) for additional dental treatments

A wealth of information is available at the American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy website. MouthHealthy is the public website of the American Dental Association. Learn about dental health topics, preventive oral care and common dental symptoms such as toothaches and mouth sores. Learn how to brush your teeth properly, floss for healthy gums and what to do in a dental emergency.