Preventative dentistry is extremely important for maintaining your oral health and reducing your risk of cavities, periodontitis, and costly restorative treatments. Our doctors at Stubbs Dental in Bountiful, UT, use the latest dental technology, such as the DIAGNOdent™ cavity detection device, to more accurately evaluate each aspect of your oral health. Our preventative dentistry services and state-of-the-art technology allow us to catch and treat the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease before they develop into something more serious. By following proper oral hygiene and visiting the dentist every six months for routine cleanings and examinations, you can enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.*
Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?
Your oral health and physical health are interconnected. When plaque buildup and unhealthy bacteria are left unaddressed, they can begin to erode your enamel and cause infection along your gum line. As the infection spreads, it will result in severe tooth damage and gum disease. This serious condition has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other serious health issues. By taking care of your smile, you are also taking steps to keep your body healthy.
Through preventative dentistry, our doctors can effectively minimize the need for costly and extensive restorative treatments in the future.
In addition to following proper oral hygiene at home, most dental organizations recommend visiting the dentist every six months for routine dental cleanings and examinations. Through preventative dentistry, our doctors can eliminate unhealthy bacteria with one of our conservative treatments like a deep cleaning or dental filling, minimizing the chance you will need costly and extensive restorative treatments.*
Common Procedures Involved with Preventative Dentistry
Two of the more common preventative dentistry services we provide include professional dental cleanings and oral health examinations. During your professional cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth and along your gum line with special dental tools. Then she will carefully floss and buff each tooth using a special paste. This type of cleaning will remove stubborn areas of plaque that your at-home cleanings cannot.
At Stubbs Dental, we use digital x-ray technology to locate any problems within the jaw or other structures which cannot be seen with the naked eye. We also use a revolutionary cavity detection device, DIAGNOdent, to catch the early signs of cavities. Oftentimes, this device can locate enamel demineralization, allowing the doctor to prescribe special mouthwashes to remineralize the tooth and eliminate the need for a dental filling. Our doctors will also carefully examine your oral tissues, head, neck, and outer jaw for any abnormalities.
Maintaining Your Oral Health at Home
Our doctors believe in partnering with their patients to help them preserve their healthy smiles. During your routine examinations, you will be instructed on how to maintain your oral health at home with the proper techniques. This will include:
- Brushing your teeth at least every morning and night, or more often if you are prone to decay
- Flossing daily to remove trapped food from in between teeth
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash to keep breath fresh and unhealthy bacteria at bay
Additionally, all patients should visit the dentist at a minimum of every six months for a dental cleaning and examination.
Schedule Your Consultation
Preventative dentistry is a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy. Whether you are simply due for a check-up or have been putting off dental exams for too long, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors today.