Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

Your dentist recommends that certain procedures be performed at regular dental visits as part of your proper dental hygiene. This preventative dentistry prevents problems before they start, corrects routine problems before they worsen, and identifies serious oral problems so they can be properly treated.

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Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow your dentist to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but your dentist may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances. READ MORE…


X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show your dentist the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones.  These allow your dentist to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated. READ MORE…


Regular dental cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease. READ MORE…


Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone.  Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure your dentist or hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gum line. READ MORE…


Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling, and some restorative procedures. It smoothes and polishes the tooth or restoration surface and removes some stains. READ MORE…

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