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Preventive Dental Care in Raleigh, NC

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About Preventive Dental Care

To manage good health for your body, you eat right and exercise regularly. For your dental health, preventive dental care is part of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Preventive dentistry includes brushing and flossing at home and regularly scheduled professional teeth cleanings, sealants, full-mouth debridement, scaling for gingivitis, and other preventive measures. At City of Oaks Dental, Dr. Vivian Throop can help prevent tooth decay or gum disease and brighten your smile. Reach out to our Raleigh, NC office and schedule a consultation.

What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dental Care?

At City of Oaks Dental, we believe that preventive dental care is more than just a routine; it's a lifelong commitment to your wellbeing. Benefits of being consistent with your Raleigh, NC appointments include:

  • Early Detection of Oral Issues: Regular check-ups allow us to spot early signs of cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer, making treatment more effective.

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Prevention is always more affordable than cure. By catching issues early, you avoid expensive treatments and emergency visits down the line.

  • Maintains Overall Health: Your oral health is linked to your general health. Good dental hygiene can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic issues.

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Who doesn’t want a brighter, healthier smile? Preventive care helps in stain removal and keeps your teeth looking their best.

Raleigh, NC locals of all ages need to be having dental checkups at least one time each year for comprehensive care. Dental exams can also be carried out as needed to assess dental pain, injury, and additional conditions that may develop between cleanings. Gum disease (the leading instigator of tooth loss) and tooth decay may not cause clear signs to develop until the more progressed phases. When dental conditions are diagnosed immediately, we can frequently offer more comprehensive services for treatment.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all young patients see their dental professional before they turn a year old. To address the needs of kids at a young age, we can help with a variety of problems,such as new teeth growing in and thumb-sucking, and lead you in taking care of your little one's teeth and gum tissues as their jaws develop. Annual comprehensive oral exams can help your children develop proper oral practices early on and make sure they achieve bright smiles for the future.

How Does Preventive Dental Care Work?

Dental cleanings involve more than just cleaning. Dr. Throop and her team of hygienists will ensure your smile and teeth are healthy and find any dental problems while they are minor. Our hygienists are highly skilled at removing unsightly stains and buildup below the gumline to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Teeth cleaning involves an hour of thorough and complete care. Special polishing techniques are also available to make your smile dazzling. We also spend extra time with you to review home care techniques available to you and answer all your questions.

Annual dental exams are also part of preventive dental care. We use the most advanced technology, such as 3D imaging and digital x-rays, to identify tooth decay or other dental concerns. Your preventive dental care appointment is a great time to talk to your dentist or hygienist about any teeth that have been bothering you or any cosmetic improvements you may be considering.

Clean and Polished Teeth

To get your healthiest smile, preventive dentistry is the best care to promote healthy oral hygiene. With regular dental cleanings at least twice a year, our professional hygienists can remove plaque and tartar that have built up over time and we can catch early signs of natural tooth decay. Schedule a preventive care visit at our Raleigh, NC office today so we can get your teeth whiter, brighter, and healthier.

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How often do I need preventive dental care?

The American Dental Association generally recommends a checkup every six months for optimal dental health. This includes a professional cleaning and a thorough dental examination to check for signs of any potential issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health problems. For individuals with certain risk factors or a tendency to get cavities or gum disease, more frequent visits may be necessary. Dr. Throop can provide personalized recommendations regarding how often you should obtain preventive dental care.

What are the long-term benefits of preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care is key to maintaining a healthy mouth and avoiding more complex and potentially costly treatments in the future. Regular visits to City of Oaks Dental can help identify early signs of oral diseases, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or even oral cancer, and address them before they worsen. Proper preventive care can also contribute to your overall well-being, as oral health is closely linked to comprehensive health.

Why do I need preventive dental care if I already practice good oral hygiene at home?

Even with diligent at-home oral hygiene, preventive dental care visits are essential. They allow for professional cleanings that remove plaque and tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, early detection of oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease, and dental x-rays that can reveal problems invisible to the naked eye. Additionally, these visits to our Raleigh, NC office offer personalized advice for improving your oral hygiene routine at home.

Do kids need preventive dental care?

Yes, it is extremely important for children to maintain a regular preventive dental care routine - including visits to the dentist every six months (or as recommended) for dental exams and cleanings. If you have questions about the right age to bring your child to the dentist, don't hesitate to give us a call. 

What dental treatments are considered preventive?

Generally speaking, dental exams and in-office cleanings are the most common preventive dentistry services. In some cases, fluoride treatments, sealants, and other treatments or procedures may also be considered preventive, though insurance coverage can vary. 

What happens if I get behind on my dental visits?

While it is important to adhere to your recommended preventive dental care schedule as closely as possible, we understand that life gets busy and you may fall slightly behind on your appointments. If so, try not to worry, but do call us to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible so that you can avoid plaque and tartar buildup, tooth decay, cavities, and other unwanted issues.

While it is important to adhere to your recommended preventive dental care schedule as closely as possible, we understand that life gets busy and you may fall slightly behind on your appointments. If so, try not to worry, but do call us to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible so that you can avoid plaque and tartar buildup, tooth decay, cavities, and other unwanted issues.

Beyond impressed! Professional, I was seen right away, very welcoming by all staff, they took the time to listen and all of my treatment needs were met. Informative, courteous, explained in detail dental issues and viable options. I highly recommend this dental practice and I will definitely return!

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I’m an anxious patient when it comes to the dentist and city of oaks has the friendliest, most attentive, gentle staff. Caitlin handled my 6 month cleaning and she talked me through every step and always asked how I was doing throughout the entire process. Highly recommend!

K.K. Google

City of Oaks Dental was absolutely fantastic! They were extremely helpful, informative, and kind. Definitely the best experience I have ever had at the dentists and I am glad to have established myself at their office.

C.B. Google

I sought a second opinion regarding a permanent bridge and met and consulted with Dr. Throop. After an examination that included x-rays, I decided to go ahead with the procedure. I was a little apprehensive, but Dr. Throop and her staff allayed my fears. I am quite happy with my new bridge and highly recommend Dr. Throop and her City of Oaks Dental practice.

E.D. Google

Amazing! Attention to health as well as aesthetics. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new dentist

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