Preventative Dentistry

For Life-Long Dental Health

When you give your dental health regular attention, you can avoid unnecessary pain and expensive restorative procedures. While ongoing dental hygiene at home is important, it is equally important to receive regular six-month exams, professional cleaning and oral cancer screenings at Story City Dental. Our dentists and hygienists will provide tips unique to your dental needs and take the time to ensure you’re on track to excellent long-term dental health.

Why is preventive dentistry important?

By monitoring and tracking your oral health, Story City Dental can diagnose and treat small dental issues before they become large, expensive problems in the future. While your teeth may be in great shape now, changes in your at-home oral hygiene habits and diet can impact your long-term dental health, including cavities and gum tissue inflammation. We can spot dental problems early, preventing larger and more expensive problems in the future.

How often should I see the dentist?

For professional dental cleanings and annual exams, the American Dental Association advises seeing a dentist every six months. At bi-annual appointments, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and stains that regular brushing cannot remove. Your dentist will check for signs of tooth decay, conduct an oral cancer screening and advise you on any other dental issues.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

We will take a set of X-rays to see between your teeth. Dr. Binkowski or Dr. Davis can discuss the current state of your oral health and present a plan for fixing areas that need attention now or in the future. Our hygienists will also provide a professional cleaning, using silent, cordless hand pieces for extra comfort. New patient exams with a cleaning typically take 60 to 90 minutes, and regular, periodic exams and cleaning appointments typically take 60 minutes or less.

Have questions?

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