The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” remains as true and relevant today as it ever was. Even with the advanced dental health technology we have at our disposal, the best service we can provide you is the encouragement you need to maintain good dental hygiene habits. This means brushing and flossing your teeth not only regularly but also correctly, and if you have a family, guiding your children to do the same at an early age. We can teach you the most effective techniques to ensure that you’re getting the full benefits out of brushing and flossing. Good dental hygiene also means coming to our Waterford, CT office for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings. Complete preventive dentistry includes a combination of at-home habits and regular in-office dental visits—but in the long run, fewer and shorter appointments. Let us show you how our patient-centered approach will allow you to spend more time enjoying a healthy life and less time in the dentist’s chair!
Routine examinations enable us to spot symptoms and determine a course of treatment before many patients even realize they’re experiencing a dental health issue. This may include x-rays, which can reveal asymptomatic problems within the teeth and jaws. We use digital x-rays, which unlike traditional x-rays, enable us to get clear images with about 80 percent less radiation and virtually instant results! While these allow us to see cavities forming and other issues, some of the exams we perform help prevent far more serious conditions. Oral pathology exams are quick but comprehensive and help us identify any signs of cancer, lesions, and cysts in the teeth, gums, neck, and palate. This way, we can protect both your dental health and overall health. To keep your gums free of disease, we also perform scaling and root planing, where we go underneath your gums to remove plaque from your tooth roots and then smooth the bone to prevent reinfection. These are just a few of the comprehensive preventive dentistry services we offer.