Preventative Dentistry Specialist

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA -  - Dentist

VP Dental

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA

Dentist located in Raleigh, NC

Semi-annual cleanings, regular tooth brushing, and flossing are all vital to preventing serious dental health problems, from cavities to gum disease. Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, at VP Dental in Raleigh, North Carolina partners with you to maintain healthy teeth now and for years to come. Contact the office, or book an appointment online today to receive preventive dentistry services.

Preventative Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes all services that help prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. A great preventive dentistry plan can help you keep your natural teeth for years and years, while saving you money on expensive dental procedures.

Preventive dentistry services may include:

  • Twice annual cleanings from a dental hygienist
  • Yearly dental X-rays to check for decay and other issues
  • Yearly gum exams to check for gum disease
  • Fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth
  • Seals, fillings, or other minor treatments to prevent conditions from getting worse
  • Oral exams to check for cancers or other conditions

Depending on your dental health, Dr. Preston may recommend more frequent trips to the dentist. Poor dental health or certain health conditions may require that you see your dentist often.

Why do I need preventive dentistry?

You demand a lot of your teeth. Each day, you use your teeth to eat and chew. You coat your teeth in whatever you drink. You may even grind your teeth or expose your teeth to more germs by breathing through your mouth.

And as you age, your dental health can become harder to maintain. Your gums may recede, and your teeth may become weaker.

Preventive dentistry takes into account all these issues. With the help of Dr. Preston, you can prevent these natural processes from taking a toll on your teeth.

Remember, your dental health is not just cosmetic. Healthy teeth and gums allow you to chew easily and even speak clearly. Without your teeth, it may become difficult to receive adequate nutrition or communicate with others. Preventive dentistry helps you keep your teeth--and avoid these serious problems.

What can I do to protect my oral health?

You are a vital part of your preventive dentistry plan. To protect your oral health, you should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day or after every meal
  • Floss your teeth at least once per day
  • Visit your dentist twice per year for professional teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, and preventive dentistry services

At VP Dental, Dr. Preston and her team are here to help you maintain your dental health. Contact the office today, or book an appointment online to schedule your cleaning.