(928) 641-4000
919 12th Place Suite 7 Prescott, AZ 86305

Preventative Dental Care in Prescott

Your Key to Lifelong Oral Health

At Horizon Dental of Prescott we believe in empowering you with the knowledge and tools to take charge of your dental health. So we prefer to focus on the small and simple habits that you can put in place in your life to maintain excellent dental health for your entire life. We are here to help you discover the power of proactive measures in maintaining a healthy smile.

Simple preventive actions can lead to a lifetime of confident smiles and optimal oral well-being. Call (928) 641-4000 to book an appointment today.

Taking Charge of Your Oral Health

Dental Preventative Care- Brushing and Flossing

Surprise! the first serious advice you’ll get from us is the classic brush and floss combo. These are established practices that have proven effective for generations. 

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes eliminates the build-up of plaque, fungus, and bacteria that can eat through your enamel and cause the rot and cavities that destroy oral health. 

Flossing keeps the same bacteria out of those hard to reach places where its easy to create an attractive habitat for disease and decay.

Only 30% of people actually floss every day, but it’s an incredibly easy way to protect both your teeth and your gums. Why pay thousands for restorative care when you can simply brush and floss daily for almost no cost at all?

Regular dental check-ups are a crucial aspect of preventive care, the reason is pretty simple. It’s impossible to actually see all the nooks and crannies of your own mouth, and it’s easy to miss problems as they start to develop. 

Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to identify potential problems before they become conditions that need more invasive care.  

We understand that many people are afraid of pain and discomfort that can be a part of certain dental procedures. The best way to avoid invasive procedures is to come in for regular preventative care. Additionally, if you do have concerns about dental care, our friendly dental team is here to make your visits comfortable and stress-free. Let us know how we can help you have a better dental experience.

Preventive Measures for Specific Age Groups

From children and teenagers to adults and seniors, we understand that each season of life comes with its own dental concerns. We are prepared to provide care no matter which circumstances you are dealing with, and we are always ready to provide you with the customized care plan that will help you maintain a beautiful lifelong smile.  

Examples of preventative care procedures for specific age groups include:

  • Wisdom teeth removal for teenagers
  • Implants procedures and dentures for senior patients losing their teeth.
  • And pediatric check-ups for children as young as 12 months who have teeth.

Common Misconception 1: “Brushing Harder is Better”

One common misconception about dental care is that brushing harder will result in cleaner teeth. However, brushing with excessive force can actually be harmful to your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity and increased risk of cavities. It can also irritate and damage the delicate gum tissue, potentially causing gum recession and gum disease. Instead of applying excessive pressure, focus on using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle circular motions to effectively remove plaque and debris without causing harm.

Common Misconception 2: “If My Gums Don’t Hurt, They’re Healthy”

Another misconception is that if your gums don’t hurt, they must be healthy. However, gum disease often starts without any noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Gum disease can progress silently, causing damage to the gums and underlying bone without causing pain. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to detect gum disease in its early stages when it can be easily treated and managed. Additionally, practicing good oral hygiene, including flossing and using antibacterial mouthwash, can significantly reduce the risk of gum disease and promote overall oral health. Remember, just because your gums aren’t in pain doesn’t mean they are problem-free. Regular dental visits and proper oral care are essential for maintaining healthy gums and preventing gum disease.

Taking care of your oral health is a lifelong journey, and it starts with preventive care. By incorporating simple habits into your daily routine and visiting our Prescott dental office regularly, you’re investing in your smile’s future. So, don’t wait! Call our office at (928) 641-4000 today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a lifetime of a healthier, happier smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental preventative care refers to a range of measures and practices aimed at maintaining good oral health and preventing dental issues before they become more serious. It includes regular dental check-ups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants. Preventative care is vital because it helps identify early signs of dental problems, reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral issues, and ultimately saves you from more extensive and costly treatments.

It’s recommended to visit the dentist for preventative check-ups and cleanings every six months. Regular dental visits help catch potential problems early, maintain oral hygiene, and ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on your oral health needs.

Dental X-rays are safe when taken with appropriate precautions. The frequency of X-rays depends on your oral health status, age, and risk factors. In general, bitewing X-rays are taken once a year, while full-mouth X-rays are done every 3-5 years. Your dentist will consider your individual needs to determine the appropriate X-ray schedule.

Dental sealants are thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to prevent cavities. They are most commonly recommended for children and teenagers, as they are more susceptible to decay in these areas. However, adults with deep grooves and fissures on their molars can also benefit from sealants.

To maintain good oral hygiene at home, brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss daily to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Use mouthwash as directed by your dentist, and eat a balanced diet that’s low in sugary and acidic foods.

In case of a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth, severe toothache, or broken tooth, contact your dentist immediately. They will provide guidance on what to do until you can see them. If the emergency occurs after regular office hours, go to the nearest emergency room or an emergency dentist.

To prevent bad breath, maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning. Stay hydrated, avoid tobacco products, and limit foods with strong odors. If bad breath persists despite good oral care, consult your dentist, as it could be a sign of an underlying dental or medical issue.

Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. It can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and water sources in some areas. Regular use of fluoride products and drinking fluoridated water can help prevent cavities and protect your teeth.

Teeth whitening, when done under professional supervision, is safe and effective. The results can vary depending on the method used and individual factors, but they typically last between six months to two years. Avoiding staining foods and drinks and maintaining good oral hygiene can help prolong the whitening effects.

There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants are a popular choice because they provide a permanent and natural-looking solution. Your dentist will assess your oral health, bone density, and personal preferences to recommend the best option for you.

What Do Our Patient Say?

This has been a great experience for us with our first child’s braces. The team is organized, thorough, friendly, and professional. All of our appointments are on-time and efficient. We have seen great results so far in our son’s teeth.

Kayla B.

This is our second child to have gotten braces from -Orthodontics in Provo. We love going to them! We have one more child to get braces and we will definitely be coming back to this office! Dr. -- does a fantastic job.

Brian Z.

This has been a great experience for us with our first child’s braces. The team is organized, thorough, friendly, and professional. All of our appointments are on-time and efficient. We have seen great results so far in our son’s teeth.

Tim H.

BOOKING HOURS

M CLOSED | Tu 9-4 | Wed 8-4 | Th 8-4 | Fr CLOSED

We are OPEN for ALL dental care procedures and emergency needs. Protecting the health and safety of our patients, families, and team members remains our number one priority.

In-house Discount Plan*

$119.95/yr/individual & $179.95/yr/family with discounts of 20%-30% off all services.

*Sign up in office, requires upfront payment to qualify for discounts.

$19.95 Exam and X-Rays^

For New Patients without insurance we offer a great rate on your first Exam & set of X-Rays.

^For New Patients that do not have dental insurance. New patients must be 18 or older to receive this discount. Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or dental discount plans. Additional fees may be included in individual cases.

$500 off Orthodontics^^

For New Patients without insurance we offer a great rate on your first Exam & set of X-Rays.

^^For new patients without dental insurance. Once per patient.

Horizon Dental of Prescott

Hours

M CLOSED | Tu 9-4 | Wed 8-4 | Th 8-4 | Fr CLOSED

Contact

919 12th Place Suite 7

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 641-4000

precott@horizondds.com

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