Preventative Dentistry

What is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative Dentistry is a proactive approach to oral health that focuses on maintaining a healthy mouth to avoid gum disease, cavities, enamel wear, and other dental problems. It’s a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. Our preventative dentistry services are designed to prevent small issues from becoming big, expensive problems down the line. It’s about investing in your oral health now to save time, money, and discomfort in the future.

The Preventative Dentistry Treatment Process

Comprehensive Dental Exam

The first step in preventative dentistry is a comprehensive dental examination. During this exam, Dr. Cristescu meticulously checks for signs of any potential issues, such as cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Using state-of-the-art equipment, she will assess the overall health of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, jaw, and other structures. This thorough examination allows us to identify any potential problems early, when they are most treatable, and to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Professional Dental Cleaning

The second step is a professional dental cleaning, also known as prophylaxis. This process goes beyond regular at-home brushing and flossing. Our dental hygienists use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. They also polish your teeth to remove stains and make your smile shine. Regular professional cleanings are a key component of preventative dentistry, as they can reach areas that are often missed by regular brushing and flossing.


The third step in the preventative dentistry process is patient education. At Eastside Family Dentistry, we believe that informed patients are better able to take control of their oral health. We take the time to explain the results of your exam and cleaning, answer any questions you may have, and provide personalized advice on how to improve your at-home oral care routine. We also provide guidance on a healthy diet and lifestyle choices that can impact your oral health.

The Benefits Of Preventative Dentistry

  • Cost-Effective
    Preventative dentistry is a cost-effective approach to oral health. By catching and treating potential issues early, we can often avoid the need for more complex and costly procedures down the line. Regular check-ups and cleanings can help prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require extensive treatment.
  • Healthier Smile
    Another key benefit of preventative dentistry is that it helps you maintain a healthier, more attractive smile. Regular cleanings remove stains and plaque, keeping your teeth looking their best. Additionally, by preventing decay and disease, we can help ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come.
  • Improved Overall Health
    Finally, preventative dentistry can contribute to your overall health. There’s a growing body of research indicating a link between oral health and systemic health. Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer have been linked to oral health issues. By maintaining good oral health, you’re also taking a crucial step towards safeguarding your overall health.

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