Preventive Dentistry

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Preventive care provides patients with the greatest form of protection against the development of oral disease. Such diseases typically include tooth decay and gum disease, also called periodontal disease, the long-term effects of which may lead to tooth loss or gum recession.

Preventive dentistry allows patients to avoid the development of these oral issues by visiting their dentist once every six months. Our treatments quickly address problems as they arise, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder, to protect your smile.

Checkups and Cleanings

Checkups and cleanings provide you with the opportunity to safeguard your oral health and enjoy clean teeth and gums. This two-part preventive service typically occurs during the same appointment. During your dental checkup, your dentist and hygienist will examine your oral health through a visual exam and the use of advanced dental imaging, such as digital X-rays. We will look for the early signs of cavities, gum inflammation, or other issues.

You will then receive a cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist, who will thoroughly remove dental plaque from your teeth and beneath your gumline. To complete your cleaning, we will polish your teeth. Professional dental cleanings are the only way to fully remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar from your smile – the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Preventive Treatment for Occlusion Concerns

Your occlusion – or bite – has a significant impact on the health of your jaw, teeth, and surrounding oral structures. Problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joints or jaw joints) may result in severe jaw discomfort and radiating pain. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, may cause or become the result of TMJ issues. These similar disorders are easily recognized and preventively treated with oral appliance therapy. You will wear a custom-crafted oral device much like a mouthguard to gently shift your jaw or cushion your bite.