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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, Drs. Stephen C. Dowell and Byron Rossi are 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. 

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Because most patients only visit the dentist a few times a year, attentive dental care at home is essential to keeping your smile as healthy as possible. 

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:

Professional Cleanings

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.

Dental Exams

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. 

Digital X-Rays

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. 

Mouthguards

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 Treatments

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. 

Dental Sealants

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. 

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We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Doctors at Dowell Dental Group are also available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.

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