How preventative dentistry can protect your teeth from damage

Preventative dentistry is a type of preventative dental care that focuses on protecting the teeth from the development of issues such as infection and decay. At Kelley Family Dental Center of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Drs. Jonathan and Gretchen Kelley are pleased to offer preventative services designed to help you maintain your oral health and wellness over a lifetime!

What are some preventative dentistry services provided at Kelley Family Dental Center?

  • Dental cleanings. Dental cleanings are performed at each recall appointment, typically scheduled every six months. Our dental hygienists will perform the cleaning, removing plaque, tartar, calculus, and bacterial film from all of the teeth and the gums.
  • Dental examination. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and flossed by our dental team, our dentists can then start the oral evaluation. This may include dental x-rays to look at the health of the teeth and bones beyond where the eye can see. Drs. Jonathan and Gretchen Kelley are often looking for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, or oral cancer during this time.
  • Dental sealants. Dental sealants are used to offer an extra layer of protection against tooth decay. They are usually applied to the teeth near the back of the mouth, known as the molars, which have rough surfaces of the crown that can accumulate food particles and bacteria. Sealants are a plastic-like material that smooths these areas to make them less likely to become problematic in the future.
  • Education. Preventative dental care also includes education on how to care for the teeth and gums between recall visits at Kelley Family Dental Center. Our dentists and hygienists can answer any questions you may have about brushing, flossing, or routine visits to our dental office for cleanings and examinations.

Learn more about ways to strengthen, protect, and keep your teeth and gums healthy!

Preventative dental care is a vital step in taking care of your oral health and wellness. If you are in need of an evaluation or cleaning, do not hesitate to reach out to Drs. Jonathan and Gretchen Kelley of Kelley Family Dental Center in Albuquerque, NM, to request an appointment. The office is located at 4801 Montano Road NW, A3, and is open to patients in and around the communities of Rio Rancho, Los Lunes, Taylor Ranch, and Ventano Ranch, NM. Call 505-898-4504 to get started caring for your smile with our dedicated dental team!