The goal of preventive dentistry is to take steps now that protect your oral health from problems in the future. We have seen how a patient’s confidence and entire outlook can change when we reveal their new, healthy smile. We would love for all our patients to experience that feeling.
Preventive dentistry includes essential services like teeth cleanings and dental exams at our Eugene, OR dental office every six months. When you do your part at home with conscientious brushing and flossing, you are on your way to your healthiest smile.
Routine Dental Exams
The American Dental Association recommends that you see a dentist twice a year for a preventive exam and cleaning. If you are a new patient, these visits give us a starting point for future exams; if you are a current patient, they will help us detect changes since we last saw you.
Dr. Susie and Dr. Tyler perform comprehensive dental examinations including an oral cancer screening at each checkup. Finding and treating gum disease, cavities, or any other concerns at their earliest possible stage gives our patients the best treatment outcomes.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Teeth cleanings aren’t meant to be a substitute for practicing excellent daily oral care at home. You do your part by brushing twice a day and flossing once, and dental cleanings allow your hygienist to remove plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t.
We also want to make sure that your at-home oral hygiene efforts are effective, so we will be happy to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. You should also feel free to ask your hygienist about any oral health concerns you have.
Diet and nutrition also play an important role in maintaining oral health, and if you have questions, we are always happy to provide counseling in these areas.
Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods and our water supply, which is essential for building healthy teeth. If our dentists in Eugene, OR determine that the amount of fluoride you or your child receives isn’t sufficient for your needs, they may recommend an application of supplemental fluoride to protect your smile.
A Healthy Smile Contributes to Better Overall Health
In the last few years, we’ve seen increasing evidence of the strong connection between your oral health and your general health and well-being. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to numerous serious health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
This is only a partial listing, and every day it seems we learn about another way chronic gum disease impacts your general health and well-being. Preventive dentistry is the key to a healthy smile, and we offer the services you need at our Eugene, OR dental office to achieve it.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Cleaning
If you are due for your next dental exam and cleaning, call PNW Dental to schedule an appointment. Don’t worry if it’s been a while since your last appointment, and you have some catching up to do. We’re a judgment-free dental office, and we will work together to find solutions that help you achieve your healthiest smile.