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Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Smith believes that preventive dental care is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful smile. Your visits to Smith Dentalworks every six months for cleanings and checkups ensure that you are not only achieving optimum dental health but also maintaining it.

Preventive dentistry is also the key to the oral-systemic link. Over the years, studies have proven a direct connection between periodontal (gum) disease and other health concerns like heart disease, complications during pregnancy, diabetes, dementia, and stroke. We now understand that the bacteria causing these concerns is the same and it can travel through the bloodstream.

With an understanding of how oral health is connected to overall health, we can tell you that there’s never been a better time to visit your dentist consistently for cleanings and checkups.

What Happens During My Preventive Care Appointment?

Dr. Smith provides a thorough examination during every preventive checkup where she will look for problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities. These concerns are best treated early on, so you have the option to choose less invasive procedures. If you have had any restorative dental procedures in the past, Dr. Smith will ensure that your current restorations are healthy and functioning properly.

Next, your hygienist will take the time during your cleaning to remove the plaque buildup that causes issues like gum disease and tooth decay. These visits are also an excellent time to ensure that you are brushing and flossing correctly and your hygienist will be happy to demonstrate these skills for you.

What Is Gum Disease?

Your teeth rely on a stable foundation and the primary support structures for your teeth are your gums and jawbone. Gum disease is an infection of this system and is the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults. As a result, it’s essential that you treat this condition early to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.


The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. While there are typically not many symptoms associated with gingivitis, your gums may appear red or irritated and they may bleed while brushing or flossing. Chronic bad breath that you can’t get rid of can also be a sign of gingivitis.

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your dentist right away for a checkup and cleaning. In many cases, we can treat gingivitis successfully with a professional dental cleaning and upgrades to your home care routine.


Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. If you are struggling with this condition, you may experience tenderness or discomfort when you chew or bite. You might also see gum recession or notice that your teeth are starting to feel loose.

Periodontitis requires a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to eliminate your infection. This is accomplished by removing the plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line. Dr. Smith may also recommend antibiotic therapy and additional cleanings throughout the year to successfully manage your condition.

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Preventive Dental Services

At Smith Dentalworks, our team is well trained to help you maintain your dental health whether you need a cleaning or you’re dealing with gum disease.

Give our Oro Valley dental office a call today to schedule your next preventive dental care visit.