Preventive Dental Care

Downtown Dental

General Dentists located in Downtown, Rapid City, SD

Enrolling in preventive dental care is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Routine checkups and professional teeth cleaning can alert you to potential issues when they respond best to treatment. At Downtown Dental, Michael Krump, DDS, and the team offer preventive dental care to people of all ages. To make an appointment for yourself or your child in Rapid City, South Dakota, call the office or book online today.

Preventive Dental Care Q&A

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care uses oral exams, digital imaging, and cleanings to reduce your risk of common issues like tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to invest in preventive dental care, even if your mouth appears healthy. Underlying issues don’t always present obvious symptoms, but regular checkups can alert you early on.

What services does preventive dental care provide?

At Downtown Dental, the team offers various preventive dental care services, including:

Oral exams

An oral exam assesses the health of your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Your Downtown Dental provider uses a handheld mirror to observe each section of your mouth, looking for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Your provider also uses gloved hands to feel for abscesses and abnormal growths.

Digital imaging

Digital imaging uses technologies, like 3D X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), to capture high-quality images of your jaw, tooth roots, and jawbone. At Downtown Dental, the team uses digital imaging to identify issues like cavities, bone decay, and infections.

Teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning uses special tools to remove plaque from your teeth and beneath your gums. After cleaning your teeth, your Downtown Dental provider polishes and flosses them and provides tips for improved oral health at home.

Sealants

If your child has several cavities, the team at Downtown Dental might recommend sealants. Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. They prevent harmful bacteria from reaching the enamel.

Fluoride treatment

Some people have tooth enamel that’s more susceptible to decay. If you’re one of them, fluoride treatment can strengthen your enamel, reducing your risk of cavities.

Do I need preventive dental care more than once a year?

The team at Downtown Dental recommends scheduling a preventive dental care visit at least two times each year. A quick, in-office exam can alert you to issues you might not be aware of, ensuring your teeth, gums, and smile remain healthy.

Is preventive dental care covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance policies cover preventive services like oral exams, digital imaging, and teeth cleaning. If you have questions about your coverage, contact your insurance provider before scheduling a consultation with the team at Downtown Dental.

To learn more about the benefits of preventive dental care, make an appointment at Downtown Dental by calling the office or booking online today.

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