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Our Services / Preventative Dentistry

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Preventative Dentistry services offered in Richmond, VA

Preventive dentistry is the foundation for great dental health and an important part of the care delivered by Michael Whyte, DDS, and the team at Dr. Whyte Smile in Richmond, Virginia. If you’re overdue for a preventive care visit, call the office today to schedule an exam. Online booking is also an option and takes very little time to complete.

Preventative Dentistry Q & A

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Preventive dentistry allows your dental care team to detect areas of concern in the earliest possible stages. This is when many treatments are most effective and can preserve your natural tooth and gum tissues. 

Great preventive care begins with routine dental exams, but there are many treatments and services that can help you keep your smile healthy and happy. Some examples include:

  • Philips AirflossⓇ water flossing system
  • Custom mouthguards
  • Occlusal night guards
  • Philips Sonicare BreatheRxⓇ tongue cleaner
  • Silver Diamine Fluoride

These options can address specific dental health issues and help you achieve and maintain the best possible dental health and wellness.

What happens during routine dental exams?

Your exam begins with a discussion of any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and learn how you can boost your dental hygiene. 

A professional exam follows, allowing your practitioner to check your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues for signs of decay or disease. Oral cancer screening is an important part of the process and can catch abnormal cellular changes in the earliest possible stage. 

X-rays or digital imaging provide insight into your teeth and bone structure. The resulting images are included in your permanent dental record and can be used to track changes over time. 

Finally, a professional cleaning removes all traces of plaque and bacteria and gives you a gleaming and fresh smile.

How can I improve my dental health?

During your visit, you’ll learn ways to boost your dental health. Embracing great brushing and flossing techniques can go a long way toward keeping your smile healthy. 

You can also learn about advanced at-home dental products that make it easier to care for your teeth and gums. This is a perfect time to ask questions about which toothpaste and mouthwash options are best suited for your needs.

Patient education is a central focus at Dr. Whyte Smile. Time is built into every visit to empower people of all ages to take a proactive approach to healthy teeth and gums. This begins as soon as kids are old enough to communicate and continues into late adulthood.

If you are ready to take control of your dental health, book a preventive care visit online or by phone today to get started. Now is the time to get back on track after COVID-19 care delays.