Preventive Care Huntsville AL

At King Dental, we have the skills and experience to treat a wide range of dental concerns, from cavities to root canals to missing teeth. Ideally, we’d prefer to use these skills as little as possible!

The foundation of good dental care is prevention, and our office is dedicated to helping you prevent most common dental problems. We want all our patients to retain their natural teeth and to have good oral health. Dr. King and his dental team are always available to answer any questions related to oral health, such as brushing and flossing techniques and how often to come in for dental cleanings.

No matter your age, preventive dentistry will always keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Routine Cleanings for Disease Prevention

For most people, we recommend at least twice-a-year cleanings with our gentle, skilled hygienists. The older we get, the more dental care we need to ensure we don't develop tooth decay or gum disease. If we feel you could benefit from a different cleaning schedule, we will let you know.

Preventative care in Huntsville, AL, is essential for happy, healthy teeth. You might be wondering why you need professional teeth cleanings when you brush and floss faithfully at home. First of all – great work! We love to hear that you’re maintaining excellent home care! But the fact is that even the most dedicated home care routine isn’t as effective as a professional teeth cleaning.

Your mouth has so many little nooks and crannies where plaque can hide, and a toothbrush and floss can’t always reach them. When these areas get missed, the plaque turns into tartar, and tartar can only be removed with professional tools. Consider the time factor, as well. If you’re following a good homecare routine, you are probably brushing your teeth for about two minutes or so twice a day and flossing before bedtime. Your hygienist will spend most of an hour carefully observing your teeth, looking for plaque and tartar deposits, and using specially designed tools to remove them. Additionally, the hygienist has a full view of your mouth and will use instruments that magnify and mirrors that highlight areas that would not normally be visible.

Our hygienists are also trained to look for signs of periodontal disease. This chronic infection can be all but invisible in its earliest stages, but we know what we are looking for and can alert Dr. King to any concerns so that you can get treatment promptly. In most cases when it comes to dentistry, by the time it hurts, it’s a pretty big problem, so we Dr. King to catch it quick!

Your Typical Dental Cleaning

Your Huntsville preventative dentist can employ a variety of different procedures and technology to provide preventive treatment. Your dental exam is a significant source of prevention since it helps your dentist early tooth decay and other diseases. Dr. King may utilize a cone-beam x-ray to get a 3-D image of your teeth and gums. During the exam, Dr. King or your dental hygienist will be able to screen for oral cancer and look for any abnormalities in your teeth, gums, soft tissue, bone, and surrounding structures.

Once the dental exam is complete, we can begin cleaning and polishing your teeth in order to prevent cavities and gum disease. Depending on the last time you've had a dental cleaning, or the level of at-home care you stick to, Dr. King may suggest multiple follow-up dental visits.

Keeping your mouth healthy is our first priority.

Regular Check-Ups to Catch Problems Early

Your preventative dentistry check-up in Huntsville, AL is an opportunity to meet with Dr. King so that he can carefully examine your teeth and use advanced imaging technology to see what’s happening beneath your gums and your enamel. If you are developing any kind of problem, we want to know about it as early as possible. We prefer to practice comfortable, stress-free dentistry, and treating problems early is an essential factor in that. The earlier we catch a problem, the simpler, more comfortable, and less costly the treatment.

There are many benefits for maintaining good preventive dental care, including

  • Reduces your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, gum sensitivity, and more dental issues
  • Establishes and maintains good oral hygiene habits
  • Early detection of future dental problems
  • Allows your dentist to do a full exam of your mouth, jaw, neck and other areas
  • Helps reduce general health issues that are tied to oral conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers

This is also an excellent opportunity for you to talk to Dr. King about any concerns or problems that you have. Have you been noticing an odd feeling in your teeth or gums? Let us know about it so that we can check it out. Maybe it was just a stuck popcorn kernel, or perhaps you have an infection developing. We always want to hear your thoughts and answer your questions.

Preventive Dentistry for Children

Forming good oral habits is essential, and these are often formed while young. It's important to get your children accustomed to dental exams and cleaning, as well as understanding the importance of these dental visits. Dr. King may recommend fluoride treatments in order to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Sealants are another preventive dental treatment that might be available for your child. Sealants are applied to the front surface of your child's teeth to prevent bacteria and decay from forming in the grooves. As your child grows, they may require orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth.

Your family dentist in Huntsville, AL, will be able to recommend the correct type of braces to align your child's teeth.

Preventive Dentistry at Home

Getting cavities or other dental mishaps treated is not anyone's ideal dental visit. At King Dental, we recommend at-home preventive oral care that you can practice in between dentist visits, including:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent enamel erosion
  • Floss daily, ideally after meals
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash to wash away food particles
  • Avoid chewing on hard items, such as ice, candies, seeds, etc.
  • Stop smoking or using tobacco products which can stain teeth or lead to oral cancer
  • Use a mouth-guard at night or during sports activities

Call to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

The goal of preventive dental care in Huntsville, AL, is to protect your teeth and gums from tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental conditions. Preventive dentistry prevents these oral issues before they cause damage to your mouth. While we also offer restorative dentistry to treat damaged or weakened teeth, or goal is to prevent these issues from happening. At King Dental, we offer a variety of preventive dental procedures to keep your teeth and gums as healthy and strong as possible. 

We are always happy whenever we hear how diligent our Huntsville patients are about their at-home oral health routine. Even the best brushers and flossers need a little professional boost when it comes to a dental cleaning. There are simply places your toothbrush and floss can't reach, and that's where we come in. Whether it’s time for a routine cleaning and check-up or it’s been a while, just call us to schedule your next dental appointment.

We are looking forward to seeing you and helping you have excellent dental health!