General Dentistry located in Greenwood, IN
Participating in preventive dental care is one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other more serious issues. At Sauer Dentistry, Aaron Sauer, DDS, Whitney Marsh, DMD, and the team offer a variety of preventive care services, including oral exams, digital X-rays, teeth cleaning, and dental sealants. To make an appointment at the practice in Greenwood, Indiana, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Preventive Care Q&A
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is the practice of caring for your teeth and gums on a daily basis. When you take preventive care seriously, you can reduce the risk of dental issues and keep your smile healthy for years to come.
What services does preventive care provide?
At Sauer Dentistry, the team offers various preventive care services, including:
During an oral exam, your Sauer Dentistry provider uses their eyes and a small handheld mirror to observe your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. They might also use gloved hands to feel for any growths or abnormalities.
Digital X-rays capture detailed photos of your tooth roots and jaw. The team at Sauer Dentistry uses digital X-rays to diagnose issues invisible to the eye and to guide certain types of treatment, like the placement of dental implants.
Teeth cleaning uses special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gums. After cleaning your teeth, your Sauer Dentistry provider flosses and polishes them and educates you on the importance of daily brushing and flossing.
If you regularly experience cavities, your Sauer Dentistry provider might recommend dental sealants. A sealant is a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. It prevents harmful bacteria from causing further damage.
Fluoride is found in many foods and water sources. It’s a mineral that can strengthen and support your tooth enamel. If your teeth are weak or susceptible to decay, the team might recommend an in-office fluoride treatment.
Oral cancer exam
An oral cancer exam tries to diagnose cancer in its early stages when it’s most responsive to treatment. You might benefit from an oral cancer exam if you’re 50 or older and have a history of tobacco use.
When should I schedule a preventive care appointment?
The team at Sauer Dentistry recommends scheduling a preventive care appointment once every six months, even if your teeth and gums appear healthy.
Regular check-ups can alert you to underlying conditions early on. They also present an opportunity to ask questions and build a relationship with your dentist.
To explore the benefits of preventive care, make an appointment at Sauer Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.