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Preventive Dentistry in Russell, KY

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Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry offers preventive dentistry services in Russell, KY. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (606) 836-6022.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

The term "preventive dentistry" refers to procedures meant to preserve and protect your oral health. These procedures include cleanings, comprehensive exams, fluoride, sealants, and creating night guards.

Dr. Arnold recommends that her patients visit the office twice annually for a comprehensive oral examination and cleaning.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Helps to Prevent and Control Gum Disease.

Almost half of all American adults over age 30 have some stage of gum disease. Regular cleanings and exams help to detect signs of gum disease and steer patients toward better home care practices.

Helps to Prevent Tooth Decay.

When patients have regular cleanings, they are less likely to develop tooth decay. Tooth decay may seem like a small problem, but it can lead to costly and extensive dental work if left untreated.

Protects Overall Health.

Dr. Arnold educates her patients on the connection between oral and systemic health. Inflammation caused by gum disease and tooth decay can lead to serious health problems like preterm birth, stroke, and diabetes. Getting regular preventive care helps to cut your risk of these problems.

Detects Issues at Early Stages

Regular exams allow Dr. Arnold to discover and treat problems early, lessening their severity.

Oral Cancer Screening.

Comprehensive exams include screening for oral cancer. Oral cancer often goes unnoticed until later stages unless patients receive regular dental exams.

Saves Money.

When you take advantage of preventive care, your dentist will be able to catch problems at earlier stages, meaning that your dental work is less costly than if you waited until the problem became severe.

Preserve Teeth for a Lifetime.

Keeping your teeth and gums in great condition means that you will enjoy the use of them later in life. Regular dental care can lower the chances of tooth loss and prevent patients from needing tooth replacement.

Why Choose Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry?

Dr. Arnold strongly believes in teaching her patients about the connection between their oral and systemic health. She has been in private practice for 30 years and uses her advanced skills to help patients live healthier lives. Her family dental practice offers compassionate, non-judgmental care in a welcoming environment.

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Procedures Offered

Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination

Comprehensive Evaluation

During this procedure, Dr. Arnold checks the health of your teeth, gums, bones, head, and neck. She also performs an oral cancer screening.

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Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning

Regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar, lowering your odds of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Cleanings brighten and refresh your smile.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Patients can receive dental sealants on permanent molars with no cavities. Sealants fill in the deep crevices in the molars, preventing food and plaque from becoming trapped and causing tooth decay.

Fluoride Treatment

Flouride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural substance that hardens and remineralizes enamel, reducing your chance of developing tooth decay. It is safe for all ages and can be applied as a varnish that hardens instantly on contact with saliva.

Custom Nightguards

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Patients who grind or clench their teeth experience premature tooth wear. They may also experience cracked or broken teeth, crowns, and bridges. Custom night guards can prevent you from breaking your teeth or restorations and protect your smile. A night guard from your dentist is more effective than an over-the-counter version.

Laser-Assisted Hygiene

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We use lasers to improve hygiene appointments. Dental lasers are safe, effective, and sanitary.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Preventive Dentistry

How should I care for my teeth at home?
The keys to at-home oral care are brushing and flossing. These two simple activities can reduce your chance of developing decay and gum disease and protect your teeth long-term. Brush for two minutes twice daily, setting a timer if necessary to ensure you brush long enough. Floss at least once daily, removing all food and plaque between your teeth.
What are dental sealants made from?
Dental sealants can be made from multiple materials: composite resin, glass ionomers, or polyacid resin. They are safe treatments that take only minutes to apply but provide excellent cavity protection.
Are fluoride treatments safe?
Fluoride is safe for all ages in recommended amounts when applied by a dental professional. There is a very small chance of tooth discoloration.
If I use fluoride toothpaste at home, do I still need fluoride treatments?
At-home fluoride use helps to prevent tooth decay and strengthens teeth, but a professional treatment contains a higher concentration of the active ingredient. We recommend patients receive professional fluoride treatment twice per year.
How are oral health and overall health connected?
When you have oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease, they generally involve infection in the mouth. These infections can cause inflammation, which affects the immune system. Many scientists believe that inflammation is the connection between oral and overall health and the cause of serious systemic health problems.
How do dental lasers improve patient care?
Dental lasers provide gentle yet highly effective treatment. Laser-assisted hygiene means that the patient will feel comfortable and experience better results. Lasers kill bacteria, improving gum health.

Call Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry

Preventive dentistry can help to protect you against tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious conditions. It protects not only your teeth but also your general health and wellness. Please call our Russell, KY, office at (606) 836-6022 for an appointment today.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry
850 Diederich Blvd.
Russell, KY 41169