Preventative Dentistry Overview

April 26, 2017 - 3 minutes read

Preventative dentistry is just as it sounds – a form of dentistry that aims at preventing serious dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancers and more. At Dayton Valley Dental Care in Carson, NV, we offer a full array of preventative treatments with the aim of helping our patients enjoy optimal oral health over the long term.

Preventative Dentistry Explained

So, what exactly is preventative dentistry? We already learned its goal, but how is it done? Essentially, it uses what most recognize as “general dentistry” treatments. These include dental exams, cleanings and screenings to ensure your teeth and gums are in top condition. As you might already know, it is a good idea to have this sort of dental exam at least once per year. However, as your preferred dentist in Carson, we recommend that you plan on two exams and preventative dentistry treatments each year.

Why? Let’s look at what general dentistry visits involve. You would come to the office and our team will do a thorough exam, screen for any early signs of oral cancer, look for signs of gum disease, consider whether you have a buildup of plaque, do an in-depth cleaning and more. We might also review your dental hygiene routine, show you where you might be missing in your brushing and flossing, and even suggest different equipment or pastes and rinses. At the end, your teeth may be buffed and polished and you leave feeling fantastic.

If you wait a full year to return, you might be able to easily imagine how advanced such issues as tooth decay could become. However, if you returned only six months later, such matters could be nipped in the proverbial bud.

In this way, we could easily begin to explain preventative dentistry as preservative dentistry because it does preserve the optimal health and wellness of the teeth and gums.

It Controls Costs

Consider too that the general dentistry treatments, such as the dental exam and cleaning ensure that any issues are stopped almost immediately. This keeps costs in check, as it is easier and less expensive to deal with a small amount of decay rather than a full-blown filling or even a root canal.

Contact Our General Dentist for Your Dental Exam

Do you need some preventative care? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Carson, NV office at 775-246-2400. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.