Keeping Your Smile Bright and Beautiful
A healthy smile is important to your appearance and self-esteem. Proper homecare, including brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet, can greatly protect your smile. However, you will also need to visit our practice for preventive services. Professional cleanings and exams provide further protection for your smile.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is designed to protect your teeth from future decay and other dental damage. Routine cleanings and exams are the foundation of preventive care. Your hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and harmful oral bacteria from your teeth. Then Dr. Foust will check for signs of decay, tooth damage, and gum disease. We use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gain a detailed picture of your teeth. In addition to cleanings and exams, we offer scaling and root planing, as well as pediatric sealants and fluoride treatments.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
For optimal dental health, you should schedule biannual dental visits. Even if you maintain good hygiene at home, bacteria, plaque, and tartar will still build up on your teeth. These substances will interact with sugars to form acids, and the acids will slowly eat into your dental enamel. The bacteria could also move below your gum line, causing periodontal disease. With ongoing, professional care, you can avoid extensive dental damage and prevent the need for lengthy restorative services. Additionally, at your exams, Dr. Foust will conduct an oral cancer screening. With early diagnosis, patients usually have a very good prognosis. Therefore, it is important to receive regular tests, especially if you are at a high risk for cancer.
Are You a Candidate for Preventive Care?
If you want to enjoy a beautiful smile, full dental function, and overall health, you are a candidate for preventive dentistry. Whether you have always had a healthy smile, or you are starting out with a new commitment to dental wellness, we are ready to provide the care you need. To schedule your preventive dentistry appointment, call Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230. Since 2006, Dr. Foust has proudly served the residents of Ankeny, IA, as well as residents from Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.