Preventive Dentistry – Wauwatosa, WI
Keep Common Oral Health Problems at Bay
The best way to preserve your smile and save yourself from needing costly and invasive dental treatments down the road is to keep up with your preventive dental care. Routine checkups and cleanings, gum disease therapy, and nightguards to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching are all great ways to keep common oral problems at bay. If it has been longer than six months since you last visited a dentist near you, we welcome you to call our office to schedule your appointment today!
Why Choose Wauwatosa Dental Arts for Preventive Dentistry?
- Safe & Accurate Digital X-Ray Imaging
- We See Patients of All Ages
- In-Network Provider with Delta Dental
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
The American Dental Association and dentists everywhere recommend scheduling a checkup and cleaning appointment every six months to ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy. During these appointments, we’ll collect dental X-rays and conduct a thorough examination of your mouth in search of any oral health problems. If we do find anything suspicious, we’ll let you know and suggest a treatment plan to take care of the issue. Before you leave, we’ll professionally clean and polish your teeth so you can leave the office feeling refreshed and healthy.
Oral Cancer Screening
The word cancer scares us all, but the more informed we are about this disease, the easier it is to protect ourselves and our loved ones against it. This is particularly true for oral cancer, which may not show any visible symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced form, but is easily treatable when detected in early stages. That is why, at the office of Dental Arts, we offer regular oral cancer screenings as a part of the dental examination for all of our patients.
Our team thoroughly examines your gums during each of your checkups for any signs of gum disease, which is an infection that can damage your oral tissues and jawbone, ultimately leading to permanent tooth loss. We aim to treat this condition as early as possible with our scaling and root planing periodontal therapy to minimize your discomfort and restore the health of your gums. By keeping an eye out for this disease every time you visit us for a checkup and cleaning, we’re more likely to be able to diagnose it in its earliest stages and reverse the damaging effects to restore your oral health.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that’s produced by rocks and found in water, air, and even fresh fruits and vegetables. Your body uses it to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, which is their outermost, protective layer. While fluoride is added to items like water and oral hygiene products, if you don’t drink tap water or aren’t consuming enough of it naturally, you could be at a higher risk of developing decay. In these cases, we may suggest our fast, easy, and completely painless fluoride treatments when you visit us for checkups and cleanings.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Grinding and clenching normally happen when a person is asleep and is typically a result of anxiety, stress, or a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. As of today, there is still no cure for bruxism, but there are several ways to treat it. Our dental experts recommend the use of a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom-made solution intended to prevent teeth from grinding together. Nightguards are an effective way to reduce damage from bruxism and treat sleep apnea.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
Our team at Wauwatosa Dental Arts is happy to make the stressful job of choosing the best toothpaste, mouthwash, or toothbrush for your smile even easier by recommending dental hygiene products that we trust and know to be effective. We recommend Sensodyne toothpaste, soft-bristled toothbrushes, and Colgate PreviDent 500. If you would like customized recommendations to fit your unique needs, we’ll be happy to offer them at your checkup and cleaning!