Preventive Dentistry is a group of services offered by Dr. Michael and the staff at Gentle Dental Eagan to detect early signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The American Dental Association recommends regular cleanings and exams to stay ahead of complications from the oral bacteria found in plaque. Each patient has a unique smile and so the recommended frequency of your preventive visits may change. Typically, patients should see the dentist at least every six months, although additional examinations may be needed if patients are prone to periodontal disease or are experiencing discomfort or other symptoms. Dr. Michael will consider your dental health history and help you plan a schedule that works for you.
Investing in Your Oral Health
The good news is that preventive treatments are much less expensive than restorative procedures. By staying on top of your oral health now, you can actually spend less and avoid more invasive treatments down the road. Save yourself time, money and discomfort by investing in routine dental care today.
Our preventive services protect against:
- Gingivitis and Gum Disease: Gingivitis is a common form of periodontal disease (disease affecting the oral tissues around your teeth). It’s distinguished by red, swollen, or tender gums around the base of your teeth. Gingivitis shouldn’t be overlooked; it’s important to have it treated sooner rather than later, as untreated gingivitis could lead to more advanced forms of infection such as periodontitis, that can cause bone tissue and tooth loss.
- Oral Cancer: We offer quick, non-invasive oral cancer screenings to our patients at least once a year. Whether or not patients have certain risk factors for developing oral cancer, we encourage routine screenings to provide peace of mind.
- Tooth Decay and Tartar Build-Up: Oral bacteria grows and develops in plaque, the sticky deposits on your teeth and gums. Though proper brushing and flossing should remove most plaque, residual plaque deposits can harden into tartar. This hard, corrosive substance must be removed by a dental hygienist during a routine cleaning. Tartar and plaque can lead to tooth decay, which destroys the protective enamel covering of your teeth. To help restore important minerals found in tooth enamel, we offer concentrated fluoride treatments that take just a few minutes and can significantly reduce your chance of developing cavities.
- Oral Infections: Diagnostic x-rays and examinations by Dr. Michael can catch oral infections before they present symptoms or further damage your teeth and gums. Using x-ray images, Dr. Michael can ensure everything is functioning properly below the gum line.
Schedule your next routine cleaning
Don’t put off the health of your teeth and gums; call our office to schedule a cleaning and routine examination with Dr. Michael or one of our friendly staff members at Gentle Dental Eagan! Call us at 651-452-5511.