At Willow Chase Dentistry, we provide a wide range of dental services, including treatments for gum disease, crowns and bridges, dentures, and dental implants. However, many of those services aren’t necessary for many years, if ever, for patients who take good care of their teeth and who regularly have preventive services performed at dental offices like ours.
The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as true when it comes to oral health and hygiene as it is in all other aspects of life. We always instruct our patients to practice as many good habits as possible, including brushing and flossing every day, to reduce their risks of developing gum disease or requiring procedures to repair or replace broken or diseased teeth.
Important Preventive Services We Offer
Although the foundation of good oral hygiene is always built at home, it’s not complete without regular visits to a dentist. We offer the following preventive services to help our patients enjoy excellent oral health while significantly reducing their risks of developing gum disease or other mouth-related illnesses and complications:
Cleanings – Even the most fastidious and consistent brushers can miss spots, and no toothbrush and toothpaste combo are completely effective at removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria build-up from teeth—especially in hard to reach places. Regular cleanings remove any spots that our patients miss when they brush, improving the health and appearance of their teeth. Cleanings also give hygienists and dentists a chance to inspect patients’ mouths and teeth for signs of disease.
Fluoride treatments – Teeth are constantly under attack, especially with modern diets. Mouth bacteria can combine with sugars to produce acid, which erodes tooth enamel and damages teeth over time. Fluoride treatments help protect teeth by making them more resistant to acids and the demineralization processes that they can cause. It can also reverse early tooth decay, making it an effective treatment for preventing cavities.
X-rays – Many dental complications and potential problems occur beneath the gum line, making them difficult or even impossible to see with the naked eye. X-rays are excellent for preventive care, as they give dentists and patients are clear view of issues that need to be addressed, whether it’s tooth extractions, bone changes, or impacted teeth.
Preventive services aren’t just for adults. It’s extremely important to make sure that children begin receiving preventive dental care between the ages of 3 and 4 to help prevent early tooth decay and to catch potential diseases and complications before they have a chance to progress.
Schedule Your Preventive Services Today
Preventive care is one of the most affordable aspects of dentistry, especially if you have dental insurance. Most providers cover 100-percent of the costs of preventive services every six months.
There’s no reason to wait to get the care and attention you and your smile deserve. Call us today at (931) 919-2770 or submit our online dental appointment form.