Comprehensive Dental Services in West Seattle
At Junction Dental in Seattle, Washington we want all of our patients to be confident in their dental health. Detecting problems early and preventing them from getting worse keeps your teeth happy, and it positively affects the rest of your body, too. This is why preventive dentistry is so important.
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What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the care you receive that helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Preventing dental issues before they start is key to your oral health. It also saves you time and money because fixing a dental problem is more costly than preventive services. You can receive preventive dental care at a comprehensive dentist‘s office, and you can practice good oral hygiene at home to keep your teeth healthy.
Why is Preventive Dentistry Important?
Preventive care is vital because it lowers your risk of getting cavities or any type of oral disease, including gum disease, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. At Junction Dental, we highly encourage each of our patients to get comprehensive dental checkups twice a year. We also educate you on oral health care, so you can take better care of your teeth at home. When your mouth is healthy, you will feel like smiling!
Preventative Dental Services at Junction Dental
Our preventive dental services include:
- Standard Prophylaxis. Sometimes known as “prophies,” this is the type of professional cleaning you receive at your regular dental checkup. We safely and gently remove plaque and tartar build-up from all areas of your teeth.
- Scaling and Root Planing. This is a deep teeth cleaning for patients with periodontal disease.
- Periodontal Maintenance. Patients who have received deep cleanings in the past may benefit from this more technical cleaning, which is essential to controlling gum disease.
- Sealants. Dental sealants cover the pits and grooves in back teeth, forming a barrier against the food which could get trapped in those grooves and cause decay.
- Fluoride Varnish. This simple application strengthens teeth, lowers the risk of decay, and fights sensitivity.
Comprehensive Dental Care
When you come to Junction Dental for a checkup, Dr. Iversen will tell you what your risk status is for decay and oral disease. If you are at a higher risk, he may recommend you come in for comprehensive dental services more often. Professional dental exams and cleanings are your best defense against oral health problems because treating a problem in its early stages is much easier than treating a full-blown dental problem.
At home, make sure you keep brushing and flossing regularly. Use products that contain fluoride. We also recommend the use of antiseptic rinses when needed.
If you have any questions about your dental health, please ask us. We believe that proper education is the first step to taking better care of your teeth. Let us know if you have any health conditions that affect your entire body, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We can help you understand how these systemic conditions and their medications can affect your oral health. Some conditions and medications can create oral symptoms, such as dry mouth. Dr. Iversen can help you work out a plan to keep your oral health in good shape.
Why Choose Junction Dental?
At Junction Dental, our philosophy is built around community and trust. We take time to listen carefully to each of our patients and offer complete dental care. Then, we educate them, so they can take better care of their teeth at home. Each patient gets an individualized treatment plan since there are no “one-size-fits-all” solutions to dental problems.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at our West Seattle dental office, please contact us.