Protect the Health of Your
Smile with Preventive Dentistry
Regular cleanings and exams, along with other preventive services, can help you avoid more costly and complex procedures in the future. At Dowell Dental Group, we offer a comprehensive range of preventive dentistry services to keep your smile strong and healthy. With five convenient locations throughout Minerva and Carrollton, OH, Dr. Stephen C. Dowell is dedicated to helping our patients achieve a lifetime of optimal oral health. We can also teach you hygiene techniques to use at home to keep your smile healthy between visits.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry usually refers to the combination of at-home and in-office care necessary to avoid more serious oral health problems like periodontal disease and tooth loss. Brushing, flossing, and fluoride treatments are some of the most reliable options for home care.
However, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), one of the best ways to maintain optimal oral health is to attend regular dental visits. While we typically recommend visiting our office twice a year, patients with certain health conditions may require more frequent appointments.
Our Preventive Treatments
We offer a comprehensive range of services at our practice to protect your smile. With three doctors and five locations, we can ensure you and your family’s smiles stay healthy, strong, and beautiful for years to come. Some of the preventive procedures we offer include:
Attending cleanings twice a year is necessary to remove plaque and tartar buildup and keep your teeth healthy. At our office, we have specialized tools and techniques which can reach areas you cannot address at home.
At least twice a year, your dentist should examine your smile for signs of cavities, gum disease, or other health concerns. Early diagnosis and treatment of these issues can prevent them from causing more significant damage.
About once a year, we recommend taking a full set of digital x-rays. These scans allow your doctor to see potential problems below the surface of your teeth and examine the health of your jawbone.
Oral Cancer Screening
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF), the most effective method for controlling oral cancer is to combine early diagnosis with timely treatment. Your dentist can perform a screening during your appointment to identify possible signs of oral cancer.
The key to a healthy smile is minimizing the risk of potential problems like cavities and gum disease.
Athletic mouthguards and night guards are effective ways of protecting your smile from trauma. Our custom mouthguards can help you avoid damage to your teeth due to clenching, grinding, or athletic activities.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element which strengthens tooth enamel and prevents cavities. Our doctors provide professional fluoride treatments which have stronger concentrations than over-the-counter products for more effective results.
The back molars are more prone to cavities due to their rough surfaces and deep grooves. We can place clear plastic coverings, known as sealants, over these teeth to protect the surfaces against decay.
Protecting Your Smile at Home
Consistent at-home care is crucial to promoting your oral health and avoiding serious issues. You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Our hygienists can advise you on brushing and flossing technique. We can also recommend products to use at home to protect your smile between visits.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
The key to a healthy smile is minimizing the risk of potential problems like cavities and gum disease. Learn how we can protect your smile by contacting our office online or calling one of our convenient locations today.