Preventive Care

Dental Preventive Care Services

What Is Preventative Dental Care?

Prevention is the hallmark of dentistry. The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep dental problems from occurring, so teeth remain healthy, functional and pain-free for life. Regular, professional oral health care also helps keep your teeth clean and your mouth feeling great.

At Stephen Wallace, DDS, we maintain family dental health through a hygiene schedule customized to each patient’s needs. We offer the following preventive dental care services:

Exams
  • Examination for tooth decay and cracks
  • Examination of existing restorations such as fillings, crowns and implants
  • Oral cancer screening of tongue, lips, neck, throat and gums
  • Periodontal disease evaluation, including scaling, root planing and adjunctive antimicrobial treatment as needed
  • X-rays to diagnose decay, bone loss, tumors and other issues
  • Nightguards prescribed if needed to prevent excess wear from teeth grinding during sleep
  • Occlusion (bite) analysis to check for potential problems caused by an improper bite
Cleanings
  • Plaque removal
  • Tartar elimination
  • Flossing
  • Polishing
  • Home care instructions
Cavity Prevention
  • Sealants on molars
  • Fluoride treatment
Children’s Services
  • First dental visit
  • School exams
  • Cavity prevention
  • Athletic mouth guards

General Oral Hygiene

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Wallace’s trusted hygienists teach our patients how to properly care for their teeth to keep them healthy, which helps avoid expensive restorative treatments. Every time we see you, we offer reminders — and instructions as needed — about brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and scheduling regular dental appointments.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain your smile:

  • Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum problems.
  • Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a timer.
  • Floss at least once daily; be sure to floss after your last meal.
  • Rinse with mouthwash at least once daily.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for exams and professional cleanings.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask the hygienist for oral care advice.

A Great Smile Begins
with Healthy Teeth