Preventative Dentistry

preventative dentistry - comprehensive oral examination springfield moPreventative dentistry combines several activities necessary to prevent your teeth and gums from becoming degraded and diseased.

Do I Need Preventive Dental Care?

Preventing dental health issues before they start is vastly less expensive than reversing tooth and gum damage. Preventative dental care typically costs much less than restorative dental care.  Dental insurance usually covers preventive dental care more so than major restorative dental work such as crowns and partials. Preventative dental care can help you avoid enamel wear, cavities, and gum disease so you can retain a healthy, happy smile. Lastly,  Consider the pain you avoid by proactively investing in good oral health.

Who Provides Preventative Dentistry?

A general dentist provides preventative dentistry care. Also, general dentists usually become your primary care dental provider. Typically, they will diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral health care needs. Their services can also include restorative dental care. Examples include fillings, gum care, root canals, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Good dentists will also provide preventive dental education.

General dentists have either a DDS or DMD degree. The two degrees cover the same subjects. Different dental schools prefer one dental degree name over another. To become a general dentist requires an undergrad degree plus four years of dental school. Furthermore, dental specialists receive additional post-graduate training.

In most cases, a dentist must perform preventive dental care. Traditionally, general dentists perform oral exams, fluoride treatments, and x-rays. Fortunately, you can help keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.  Here are are a few actions you can take at home. Brush your teeth every day. Floss frequently. Don't bite down on hard foods such as ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, etc.  Avoid prolonged contact with dark liquids such as coffee, wine, tea, soda. Lastly, swish and swallow water while drinking dark liquids.

We offer various preventive dental services as listed below. Also, check out our other dental treatments to prevent damage to and restore your teeth and gums to optimal health.

Oral Exams

Comprehensive Oral Examinations are the best way to identify and prevent tooth and gum problems before they cause damage.

Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dental Care should start early.  Taking your child to the dentist early on is one of the best ways to prevent future fear of dentists. Early dental care may also identify issues with baby teeth as they begin to develop.

Periodontal Dental Care

Periodontal Dental Care will help prevent and slow progression of gum disease. 

Teeth Cleanings

Teeth Cleanings help prevent plaque buildup which correlates to gum disease.

Nitrous Oxide

We offer Nitrous Oxide gas to any patient with dental anxiety to help them relax and better enjoy their visit. 

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment makes your teeth stronger and more resistant to getting cavities!

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants help prevent cavities from forming in the deep cracks and crevices that naturally occur in molar teeth. 

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays drastically reduce the radiation exposure over traditional X-Rays and are available immediately after taken to save you time!

Athletic Mouth Guards

Custom made Athletic Mouth Guards are much more comfortable and effective at preventing contact sports-related dental injuries. 

Night Mouth Guards

Night Mouth Guards are a great way to prevent tooth damage and jaw pain caused by tooth grinding while asleep.