Preventive Dentistry – Washington, MO
Prevention is Key to a Healthy, Bright Smile
Would you rather see a dentist in Washington to restore your smile or would you prefer to have problems that can damage your smile? The answer to that question is obvious. Dentistry is built on prevention. Dr. Mace and his team know that if they can prevent dental problems, then half the battle to maintain oral health and a beautiful smile is won. Moreover, you can avoid the time and expense necessary with a restorative procedure. Therefore, be sure to schedule at least two preventive visits each year, so your smile will always be healthy and beautiful.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
At your two preventive appointments with Dr. Mace, he and his staff will thoroughly clean your teeth and conduct an examination of your teeth and gums. Digital X-rays will also be taken annually, so we can see if there are any hidden signs of decay or infection that cannot be spotted visually. Stick to your regularly scheduled preventive visits, and you will likely be able to look forward to a lifetime of good oral health.
Kids need to see a dentist in Washington, too. Believe it or not, children should initially visit the dentist when that first tooth appears or before turning one year old. This early appointment gives Dr. Mace the chance to check on their dental development and jaw growth.
Then, you can begin bringing your child in for regular visits between the ages of two and three. We have a gentle touch, so your child will feel at ease during a checkup. In addition, to cleaning their teeth, we will continue to monitor their oral development and recommend preventive treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride applications at the right time.
Oral Cancer Screening
At each one of your dental checkups, we will examine your entire oral cavity for the early warning signs of oral cancer, a disease that claims nearly 50,000 American adults every year. The signs we look for include:
- A sore in your mouth or on your lips that won’t heal
- A smooth or scaly patch of tissue that can be either red or white
- A lump in your mouth’s soft tissue
- A spot that feels numb
- Changes in the way your teeth come together when you bite
- Ill-fitting dentures
If you notice any of these signs in between checkups, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. The sooner oral cancer is spotted, the sooner treatment can begin.