Preventive Care

The goal of preventive care is to maintain healthy teeth and gums so that optimal oral health can be achieved.  There are many studies showing how the health of your mouth is very much connected to your general health.  For example, people with periodontal disease (gum disease with bone loss) are twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to die from a stroke.  Don’t be discouraged if it has been a while since you have had a cleaning.  Our hygienists are very gentle, but thorough in their assessment of your gums and can give you advice on how to tackle any trouble spots.  We will provide whatever level of cleaning you need to get your mouth in top shape. 

Dr. DeWalder also has a VELscope Vx light that can allow her to see 3 – 4 cell layers under the surface to check for any oral mucosal abnormalities.  The assessment with the Velscope Vx is a 2 minute oral exam with no rinses, stains, or discomfort.  It is a blue light that stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth.  This light helps identify oral disease early, while it’s still easy to treat.  If found early, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is ~83%; if found late, the 5-year survival rate drops to ~32%.  Prevention and early detection is the key to a healthy mouth.