Preventative Dentistry in Eagle River AK
There’s no question that a good preventive care plan is the foundation of all quality dentistry. Without preventive care, we’re left playing a constant game of “catch-up,” trying to treat problems as they occur. With regular preventive care, we can stop problems from happening in the first place, and this saves you time, discomfort, and money.
As a patient at our Eagle River dental office, you’ll learn the best way to take care of your teeth so that you have the best possible chance of keeping them for a lifetime. This includes brushing and flossing at home and keeping regular cleaning and examination appointments with Dr. Woodring and our skilled team.
Why Cleanings Matter
Patients often ask us why they need to come in for cleaning appointments when they’re doing a great job brushing their teeth at home. Good brushing habits are important, no question about it. But the cleaning you receive from your hygienist makes a huge difference.
Imagine the difference between vacuuming your carpet and renting a Rug Doctor. Obviously, vacuuming is important for cleaning up all the day-to-day dust and dirt that can accumulate. Without vacuuming, your carpet would get filthy pretty fast and stains would linger. After vacuuming, your carpet looks good and your whole room feels cleaner.
What happens when you rent a carpet shampooer, though? The shampooer can get deep down in between the carpet fibers and suck up all the dust, dirt, mites, and other detritus that can become lodged in there after time. Even though you vacuum on a regular basis, chances are good that the water you’re pulling back up is pretty dirty, and your carpet probably looks like new after you’re done.
This is why you need a dental cleaning.
No matter how well you brush and floss, some traces of plaque and tartar are going to remain, particularly in between your teeth and under the gumline. If they aren’t removed, those traces become magnets for bacteria, and eventually you will develop decay and gum disease.
During your examination, Dr. Woodring will inspect your teeth and gums carefully both visually and with digital imaging techniques to look for any problems that might be developing. This allows us to catch any developing problems when they are in their earliest stages, when treatment is simple, conservative, and inexpensive.
As a part of your preventive examination, Dr. Woodring will also perform an oral cancer screening using the VELscope. This remarkable technology allows us to find precancerous cells in their very earliest stages – long before they are visible to the naked eye. This gives us an edge when it comes to fighting this deadly form of cancer since the earlier we can diagnose, the more effectively it can be treated.
Waiting until you are in pain usually means that you will need a more involved treatment to fix the problem. While Dr. Woodring is skilled in restorative and emergency dentistry procedures, wouldn’t you rather avoid a dental emergency in the first place?
Your gums are a crucial part of your oral health, and we pay careful attention to your periodontal health at each cleaning and examination. Scientists have recently discovered a link between your periodontal health and your overall health. In fact, there appears to be a connection between periodontal disease and several systemic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Woodring and your hygienist will review your periodontal health. If you appear to be developing gum disease, we will discuss your treatment options to stop this chronic infection in its tracks.
Call to Set Up Your Appointment
Are you a new patient? Has it been a while since your last cleaning? We’d love to see you and help you get your dental health care back on track. Call today to schedule your cleaning or new patient examination.