Preventive Dentistry

A big part of our practice’s focus is on preventing disease and treating potential issues conservatively through early detection. Your oral health is important and preserving vital oral tissue like teeth and gums can prevent the need for more extensive and complex care in the future. Moreover, the concept of oral-systemic health or the “mouth-body” health connection is the theory that oral conditions can have a negative effect on a person’s overall health and in some instances, contribute to general health ailments. Following is information on oral systemic health and some of the preventive services we offer.

The Mouth-Body Health Connection

There is a wealth of research devoted to the effect the state of one’s oral health has on general wellbeing. For instance, there are quite a few health conditions that can be exacerbated by gum disease; and similarly, there are health conditions that can affect gum health. Diabetes, for example, commonly coincides with periodontal disease. Those with gum disease and diabetes must take very vigilant care of their oral health because diabetes affects the immune system and gum disease, especially in advanced cases, involves a very powerful and destructive infection. By preventing oral disease, we can eliminate many of the unwanted side effects of the advanced stages of conditions, preserve precious oral tissue, and increase overall wellbeing.

Fluoride Treatments

A fluoride treatment is an excellent way to prevent dental caries by strengthening teeth with a naturally occurring mineral. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the protective coating around teeth by replenishing the mineral content of tooth enamel. Evers & Gardner Dental uses Advantage Arrest Silver Diamine Fluoride for preventing cavities, strengthening teeth, and managing existing caries. Silver diamine fluoride kills microbial pathogens on the surfaces of teeth to reduce the incidence of decay developing on adjacent dental surfaces. Fluoride treatments are comfortable and non-invasive.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are another popular preventive service used to protect the biting surfaces of teeth from cavity-causing bacteria and acid. A sealant is a thin, translucent plastic coating that can be bonded to the biting surfaces of teeth. Dental sealants are typically placed on the back teeth (molars) to fill in the fissures and pits on their biting surfaces. Receiving a sealant is not uncomfortable or invasive.

Our team is here to help you preserve and maintain optimal oral health. If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call Evers & Gardner Dental to reserve an appointment.


Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

You should visit the dentist regularly to prevent and treat oral disease. While our teeth are made to last a lifetime, bacteria and harmful compounds tend to have other plans. Most people’s teeth will require at least a restoration or two at some point because of the high incidence of oral disease and permanent tooth damage. Fortunately, making a point to receive routine checkups and cleanings can save your smile from destructive oral health conditions and prevent the need for invasive treatments.

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will not only save oral structures, but it can also save you time and money on future dental treatments. Early detection is paramount to enjoying minimally invasive care at an affordable cost.

How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing should be a part of your everyday life. In order to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible, you must control bacteria and the accumulation of debris with proper oral hygiene. Patients should brush their teeth a minimum of two times a day, with one of those brushings occurring before bedtime. Teeth should be flossed once per day, preferably at nighttime. Brushing only cleans approximately 70% of oral surfaces when done correctly. This is why flossing is necessary. Flossing cleans areas such as the gums and between teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Foregoing daily oral hygiene recommendations will contribute to the accumulation of debris and hard substances like tartar.

What if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency such as a knocked out tooth or a severe toothache, call our practice as soon as you can. When calling, be sure to explain the nature of your emergency. The more information our team has the better we can prepare for your visit. We offer same-day and next-day emergency treatment for oral infections, broken and dislodged teeth, and loose or failing restorations.

How often should I have a cleaning?

People of all ages including toddlers and mature patients should receive cleanings every six months. Professional dental cleanings are necessary for removing substances that accumulate over time. Even if we brush and floss our teeth properly every time, plaque (a byproduct of bacterial colonization) is left behind. Over time, plaque builds up and hardens into tartar. Since tartar is hardened by calculus, it cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. It must be removed by professional instruments. Dental cleanings are non-invasive and help reduce the risks of developing dental caries and periodontal (gum) disease.