Prevention and Cleanings

A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures.

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Together we can determine the optimum time interval between re-care appointments, which is usually based on the degree of bacterial control.

Your gums are the foundation that keeps your teeth solidly in place. Our first concern is to control any active dental infection. Most dental disease is the result of acute or chronic infections, and virtually all gum disease and tooth decay can be prevented if bacterial plaque activity is controlled on a daily basis. Our plaque control program gives you the means to keep your teeth throughout your lifetime.

Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.