Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry

Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry


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What is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth and gums in order to keep them healthy. Effective preventive dentistry merges at-home oral care habits with in-office dental treatments and counseling by dental professionals.

The ideal way to prevent dental issues, including tooth decay and periodontal disease, is to maintain good oral hygiene at home and see a dentist and dental hygienist regularly.

From an initial appointment, examining the present state of your teeth and gums will allow us to determine the cleaning technique that is ideal for you. When you visit our dental team for a hygiene visit, you should be confident that you are in the caring hands of experts.

Preventative Dentistry for Optimal Oral Health

We believe that top-quality preventative dentistry for our patients is the best way to inhibit dental problem from arising. Being proactive allows you and your dentist to diagnose oral issues while they are still minor. If you delay scheduling the recommended treatment, things unfortunately can get worse and may require a more involved procedure with more dental chair time and out of pocket expense.

Are you aware that just a couple of slight changes can make a major difference to the state of your mouth in the future? Adopting a sensible approach now can actually make a whole world of difference in the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

As mentioned previously, if you don’t take proper care of your teeth and manage your oral health, you might find yourself spending a lot of money in the future on restorative dental care. Practicing preventative dentistry offers you a way to protect yourself from these excessive dental costs.

Preventative Dentistry FAQs


What Are Oral Hygiene Best Practices?

  • Visiting a dental office regularly every three to six months for your dental hygiene visit and exam.
  • Brushing teeth not less than two times every day for at least two minutes.
  • Flossing teeth at least once daily.
  • Using dental products such as fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet, free of sugary foods such as sodas, candy, etc.
  • Quitting smoking to avoid other problems with the teeth and gums.

What Are Diagnostic X-Rays and Dental Exams?

Diagnostic x-rays and dental examinations are typically performed at your routine dental hygiene appointment. These diagnostic images allow the dentist to see signs of dental issues invisible to the naked eye. For example, cavities between the teeth or issues below the gum line often can only be seen on dental radiographs.

What Is Prophylaxis or Periodontal Maintenance?

Prophylaxis or periodontal maintenance is typically rendered by a licensed dental hygienist, and is commonly referred to as “cleaning”, but it’s much more than that. Whoever is performing the service will remove any buildup of plaque, tartar, and stain on the teeth, then polish them. A fluoride treatment is generally beneficial at this time for adults and children alike.

What Are Mouth Guard and Night Guards?

Mouth guards and night guards provide advanced protection from cracked teeth during sports. They also treat bruxism (teeth grinding) that can potentially wear down teeth as well as contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

What Are Orthodontics?

Orthodontics can be considered a preventative measure that aligns the teeth and bite in order to limit the prospects of future dental issues. Misaligned teeth are generally harder to keep clean and healthy and are therefore more prone to decay and periodontal issues like gum disease.

Clarity Dentistry proudly offers the orthodontic treatment, Invisalign, to straighten misaligned, gapped, or rotated teeth. These nearly invisible aligners are worn all day and are barely noticeable. 

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin coatings that are light cured on the chewing surface of children and adult’s permanent teeth. Sealants add a barrier on the tooth that helps to prevent decay.

Patient Testimonials


Dr. Bowen was very thorough in explaining what why I was having the pain I was having in my mouth. April was also very helpful as well! I really like how professional they were. Even though I found out I need to have some work done everything they said as to why made sense. I would definitely recommend going there!
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Danielle Storm
Danielle Storm

I am always very well taken care of at Clarity Dentistry. Everyone is always very friendly, listens to my concerns with empathy, and actually treats me like a human being rather than someone to get money out of. I can honestly say this is the most clean, professional, and best dental experience in my life.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry David Morris
David Morris

My four year old has been to two pediatric dentists that have him a huge fear of the dentist. Dr. Bowen and the hygienist that worked with my son were gentle and did everything possible to make him comfortable. If you or your kiddo are anxious about the dentist you should absolutely check out Clarity.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Samantha Apollo
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