Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry in Coeur d’Alene, ID

At Scholes Family Dental, we believe that prevention is the cornerstone of maintaining excellent oral health. Neglecting preventative dental care can lead to a host of oral health issues that not only affect your teeth but also impact your overall health. By promoting comprehensive dental care, we aim to empower our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to preserve their smiles for a lifetime.

Two ladies after getting their teeth cleaned in Coeur d'Alene

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is the proactive approach to oral health that focuses on the prevention and early detection of dental problems. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are at the core of preventive dentistry. Generally, it is recommended to visit the dentist every six months.  During these visits, our dental professionals thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. By identifying any potential concerns early on, we can address them proactively, often preventing the need for more invasive and costly treatments later.

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Benefits of Preventative Dental Care

  • Early detection of dental issues: Regular check-ups allow for the early identification of dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral infections, enabling timely intervention and preventing further complications.
  • Professional dental cleanings: Routine cleanings by our skilled dental hygienists help remove plaque, tartar, and stains, promoting healthier teeth and gums.
  • Oral cancer screening: Regular dental visits include oral cancer screenings, enhancing the chances of early detection and successful treatment if any abnormalities are found.
  • Gum disease prevention: Regular dental cleanings and oral exams can help prevent the development of gum disease, maintain healthy gums, and support overall oral health.
  • Cavity prevention: Effective preventive measures, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments, contribute to the prevention of cavities and tooth decay.

Preventative Care at Home

While regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial, they are complemented by your efforts at home. Consistent dental care practices can help prevent common dental issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after breakfast and before bedtime, and to floss at least once a day to remove plaque and debris from these tight spaces. During your appointment, we can provide personalized instructions to ensure optimal results.

Preventive Dental Services at Scholes Family Dental

At Scholes Family Dental, we are dedicated to providing preventive dental services that meet your unique needs.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

Regular dental exams are the foundation of preventive dental care. During these comprehensive check-ups, we look for signs of cavities, gum disease, oral infections, oral cancers, and other potential dental issues. Early detection allows us to address problems proactively, preventing further complications and ensuring a healthier smile.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings are essential for maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Even with regular brushing and flossing, some areas can be difficult to clean properly, making professional cleanings vital to the health of your teeth and gums. By reducing plaque buildup, we can minimize the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to decay. Our fluoride treatments are a simple and effective way to protect your teeth from acid attacks that can lead to cavities.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. These sealants create a barrier that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the deep grooves of these teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.

Comprehensive Dental Services in Coeur d’Alene, ID

We are dedicated to providing personalized preventive dental care that meets your unique needs. To schedule your appointment or learn more about our preventive dental services, contact Scholes Family Dental in Coeur d’Alene, ID. During your visit, Dr. Scholes and his team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your oral health, address any concerns you may have, and tailor a preventive dental plan that suits your individual needs.