Preventive Dentistry

At Clarkson Dental Group, good oral health for our patients means establishing a foundation of solid preventive care. This involves collaboration by the patient and the Clarkson Dental Group team. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It continues in our dental office by the efforts of Dr. Scott Mahlin and our registered dental hygienists, Nikki and Kim, to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

Call our St. Louis dental office to make an appointment for an examination and cleaning at Clarkson Dental Group. Please let us know how we can help.

Preventive Dental Care Appointments in Chesterfield, MO

At your routine dental visit, Dr. Mahlin will conduct a thorough examination, looking for potential or existing dental issues. Depending on your current oral health and when you last had x-rays, he may also recommend you have dental x-rays. X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool to enable Dr. Mahlin to detect problems in their earliest stages. The sooner we discover a dental issue, the easier the treatment.

One of our dental hygienists, Kim or Nikki, will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque build-up. Despite diligent flossing and brushing at home, it’s impossible to remove all plaque from the teeth. What we miss with our home care tools eventually hardens into calculus that can only be removed with special dental tools. When calculus is not removed, it can lead to gum disease.

If you have questions while you are here, we invite you to ask them. Dr. Mahlin and the team at Clarkson Dental Group can go over proper home care and make recommendations on good brushing and flossing techniques. We may also go over preventive treatments such as sealants and fluoride that can help protect teeth against tooth decay.

Good Oral Health Promotes Overall Wellbeing

As more and more scientific studies reveal a connection between oral and systemic health, it’s becoming clear that taking care of your oral health is a big part of taking care of your entire body. Not only does preventive dental care reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also reduce your risk of developing other health problems. Poor oral health has been linked to:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some types of cancers
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Preventive Care Can Save You Money in the Long Run

It might seem like a waste of time to see the dentist if you aren’t experiencing any issues. But many dental problems start small with few if any signs or symptoms. By the time they start causing you pain or discomfort, you might need dental treatment that could have been avoided with routine visits to the dentist. Gum disease, in particular, is often present with no symptoms, and it can quickly progress until you are facing tooth loss.

Call our Chesterfield, MO dental office and make an appointment for a routine examination and cleaning. We look forward to seeing your smile!