One of the best ways to keep your smile healthy is to prevent problems from developing in the first place. At Advanced Care Dentistry in Woodinville, Washington, Thomas O. Marxen, DDS, MSD, Andrew Keith, DDS, and their team of dental professionals make sure your smile stays healthy with preventive dentistry. To learn more about the benefits of preventive dentistry, schedule a visit by phone or book online today.
Preventive dentistry is an approach to dental care that emphasizes the routine maintenance and upkeep of your oral health.
Rather than reacting to dental concerns and treating them as they arise, preventive dentistry seeks to make sure that your mouth is always healthy and that dental conditions never have a chance to develop.
Dental conditions are always easier to treat in their earliest stages. By taking a proactive approach to your oral health, preventive dentistry saves you from having to treat dental concerns with costly procedures.
This means that you’ll experience less pain, keep more of your natural tooth structures intact, and save a great deal of time and money.
Some the high-quality preventive services the team at Advanced Care Dentistry offers include:
No matter how diligent you are with brushing and flossing your teeth at home, you still need a professional cleaning every six months. Professional cleanings are the only way to rid your teeth of tartar, which can cause gum disease if left untreated.
During your procedure, your hygienist uses a special tool to carefully clean your teeth. Then, they administer a professional flossing and tooth polishing.
With a dental cleaning, you’ll also usually get a dental exam. Routine dental exams are an excellent way to make sure your mouth stays healthy. Periodic checkups enable the dental team to monitor your smile and identify any troubling concerns when they’re at their earliest (and most treatable) stages.
When you come in for a dental exam, the dental team examines your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks to make sure they’re free of decay or disease. They also assess the state of old fillings or restorations.
You also have an oral cancer screening. Advanced Care Dentistry uses state-of-the-art technology to painlessly complete your screening in about ten minutes.
Sealants are an extra line of defense against tooth decay and can help protect you from cavities. They’re plastic resin that the dental team bonds to the chewing surfaces of your molars, effectively filling in the grooves in your teeth.
By smoothing your chewing surfaces, sealants make it more difficult for food and debris to become stuck in them, which keeps your smile healthier.
While sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth, the dental team can also provide them to adults who are looking for extra help in keeping their mouth healthy.
To learn more about preventive dentistry, schedule a consultation by phone or online with Advanced Care Dentistry.