What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on procedures and life practices that help people prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease. It includes at-home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by professional dental staff in the office or clinic.

The objective is to stop the development or oral disease or to find it at an early stage. Dental health professionals most often look for early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, and other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth that could lead to oral cancer.

Dental examinations

Our office examinations include a cleaning of teeth, which removes accumulations of calculus, examination of the teeth and soft tissue using visual and tactile exams, x-rays, and oral cancer screening.


Your overall health has a direct link to the health of your mouth. We care about that!
Your hygienist will meet you where you are in a safe, positive environment. Keeping you comfortable during your visit is our primary goal. We will work together to improve your oral health at a pace that is feasible for you. We want you to look forward to your next visit with confidence, knowing you will be getting excellent care.

Did you know: People with gum disease have 2 – 3 times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular events?

Did you know: People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease?

Did you know: Research suggests that 18 in every 100 premature births maybe triggered by an advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis?

Did you know: One study found that children and adolescents who received fluoride for 1 year were 43% less likely to have tooth decay and cavities?

At Willett Dental Associates, our hygienists utilize laser technology to help in improving your oral health. The NV Microlaser is a soft tissue diode laser that has revolutionized our oral tissue management plus much more. We can use the laser to treat ulcers and cold sores as well as help rid your gum tissue of unhealthy bacteria to optimize your oral health.

Call today to set up an appointment to see one of our hygienists to get on the road to your healthiest mouth yet!