Taking care of your smile at home is important. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily, you can largely prevent excessive plaque and tartar buildup, and consequently prevent the issues that arise from it (like cavities and gum disease).

However, home oral hygiene only goes so far. To maintain a bright, beautiful, healthy, and properly functioning smile for life, everyone needs to attend their routine preventive dental appointments. The frequency of your visits will depend on your specific needs and dental concerns which Dr. Petto Messina will discuss with you thoroughly during your initial consultation and examination.

What does preventive dentistry include?

In general, preventive dentistry often refers to regular checkup and cleaning appointments, but can also entail treatments to improve bite function, eliminate snoring and sleep apnea, and reduce your chances of developing gingivitis and gum disease. Preventive dental services include:

What if it’s too late for prevention?

Sometimes, a cavity or other dental issue can develop between your regular preventive visits. If your checkup reveals the presence of tooth decay, gingivitis, tooth damage, or other concern, Dr. Messina will discuss your condition and your options for treatment. Your treatment plan will include only what is necessary to restore the health and beauty of your smile, and you will have a significant role in designing your treatment according to your personal needs and preferences.