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Preventive Dentistry

Personalized Preventive Dentistry Services

In all aspects of your oral and overall health care, prevention is always the best medicine. In the case of your oral health, that’s especially true, since teeth do not heal like other tissues in your body. Preventive dentistry consists of routine exam and cleaning appointments, which you should schedule at least once every six months.

Routine Exams and Cleanings

During each visit, we thoroughly clean away all traces of harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth and along your gum line. This prevents issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, chronic bad breath, and other conditions caused by excessive oral bacteria. Dr. Lawson will also perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and oral cavity to detect any signs of trouble.

In addition to common issues like tooth decay and gum disease, Dr. Lawson also checks for tooth damage that may have gone unnoticed. She routinely performs oral cancer screenings, airway screenings, and acid erosion screening and counseling. In some cases, she may recommend oral DNA testing for more precise diagnostic results. If a problem is found, then Dr. Lawson will work closely with you to custom-design an appropriate treatment plan.

Preventive dentistry services include:

By making preventive dentistry a regular part of your dental health and hygiene routine, you can prevent most dental issues from forming and minimize the amount of dental treatment you need in your lifetime! To schedule your next visit or an initial consultation, call our dental office in Urbandale, IA, today at 515-278-4366.

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