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Preventative

Wellness care is a huge industry around the world today. The importance of taking care of your body before things start to go wrong is understood by billions of people who take vitamins and eat well.

Part of wellness includes how you care for your teeth, too. Oral health, or the lack of it, can cause damage to your body and mind in many ways. That’s why it’s essential that you make preventative care part of your wellness plan.

Why Preventative Dental Health Matters

It’s easy to take your smile for granted when it’s in good shape. But as you develop cavities, if they don’t get taken care of early, decay sets in. Decay often results in infections, and while your body is trying to fight the tooth infection, you feel tired and worn down.

With a little more science, you can see why it’s common for people with infected teeth to get sick easier. Your immune system is busy, distracted by the infection, and germs sneak in unseen.

Eventually, if this infection isn’t taken care of, it can enter your bloodstream. At that point, it’s no longer dangerous. It crosses the line into potentially deadly.

Decayed, missing, or discolored teeth can also affect your mental health. Research has shown that when people meet for the first time, the smile is one of the first things noticed. If you’re self-conscious about yours, it can make you feel insecure.

Preventative dentistry stops the damage to your physical and mental health in its tracks.

What’s Preventative Care, Anyway?

Prevention starts at home with your brushing and flossing habits, and then it extends to the dental office.

First, your teeth will get a thorough cleaning from a trained hygienist. Then, Dr. Josh will examine your mouth, talk to you about any medical history concerns or changes, and let you know if there’s anything to be concerned about with your oral health. If there is, he’ll work with you to come up with a plan to take care of it.

Types of Preventative Treatments

Preventative care can be more than a cleaning and exam, though. If you have any special dental needs, we can address them and get them fixed or maintained before they become an issue.

These treatments include:

Full mouth debridements.

If you haven’t had a cleaning in a while, the plaque buildup could be too severe for a basic visit. No problem! With a few special tools, we can do a full mouth debridement to get rid of that stubborn tartar.

Sealants.

Openings in the teeth usually result in cavities if they’re ignored too long. Bacteria enter the pits or fissures, and since it’s dark and cold in there, they breed happily. But if it’s caught soon enough, a sealant can cover up those little openings before they become cavities.

Fluoride varnishes

One of the causes of cavities in children is weak enamel. Decayed teeth also can cause the enamel to weaken. Fluoride treatments, or varnishes, can reduce the decay and strengthen the enamel in children and adolescents.

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Whatever your oral healthcare needs are, we’re here to help you! Contact our office to find out how to keep your healthy smile or see how you can get one.
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Our Services

General

Your smile and the condition of your dental health are unique to you
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Emergencies

Are you in pain due to a tooth ache or other issue in your mouth?
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Periodontics

Do you feel like your gums bleed constantly when you brush and floss?
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Restorative

We offer a wide variety of restorative treatment including tooth adjustment, fillings, and crown and bridge work.
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Cosmetic

Do you avoid smiling because of chipped, broken, or discolored teeth, or due to unsightly gaps and spaces?
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Dentistry for Children

Dr. Josh and our team provide a wide variety of dentistry for your children
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Dentures

Have you struggled in the past with your oral health and lost some teeth in the process?
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Preventative

We offer routine exams and dental cleanings in order to promote a lasting healthy oral environment.
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CEDAR GROVE DENTAL

2151 Hospital Drive Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

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Monday - Thursday
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Friday
8:00 am — 2:00 pm