Preventive Dentistry

At Michael J Nelson DDS, we emphasize the importance of preventive dental care. We focus on prevention to reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral and general health issues. Oral health directly links to general, whole-body health, so it's essential to maintain a healthy and disease-free smile. 

At the dental office of Michael J Nelson, DDS, we offer comprehensive dentistry that helps prevent problems before they have an opportunity to start. Our preventive dental care is inclusive and personalized, so you can always expect the highest quality of care possible. 

Prevention Is Key for Lifelong Healthy Smiles

Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining lifelong good oral health so that patients can enjoy a lifetime of strong, beautiful smiles. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Michael J Nelson, DDS, is here to support you throughout your life so you can attain optimal oral health. 

We offer various preventive dentistry services, such as:

Dental Exams and Cleanings 

Routine dental cleanings and exams are essential to your overall health. Our comprehensive dental exams allow us to inspect your mouth for issues such as decay, gum disease, and oral cancers. We also monitor your oral health to note any changes or areas of concern. 

Though flossing and brushing are essential for good oral hygiene, a toothbrush or floss cannot reach all areas in the mouth. Our team uses specialized dental instruments to thoroughly and gently remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. We clean all the small spaces between teeth and along the gums that patients can't clean. 

Digital X-Rays 

Periodic digital x-rays help us observe the mouth's underlying structures and development. With digital x-rays, we can identify decay, disease, impacted teeth, and other problems that we can't see with a visual exam. 

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel while preventing tooth decay from developing and affecting the tooth's structure. We offer fluoride varnish to children and high-risk adult patients as a way to protect them from cavities. 


Sealants protect teeth from settlements of bacteria and acid that create cavities. We typically use sealants to halt early decay and prevent further damage to the tooth. 

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry 

Patients don't have to wait until they experience pain or concerning symptoms to see the dentist. Also, practicing excellent oral hygiene at home is a way you can protect your smile in between dental visits. 

Preventive dental care has several benefits, such as:

  • Lowers your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious oral health issues
  • Promotes good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing
  • Early identification of oral health concerns that can minimize treatment and cost
  • Allows the dentist to perform a complete exam of your mouth, jaw, neck, and sinuses to check for related problems
  • Reduces dental issues related to chronic medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, eating disorders, and Diabetes

Schedule Your Preventive Exam and Cleaning Today! 

Regular preventive dental care is a vital aspect of caring for whole-person health. Whether you're proactive about your oral health or it's been a while since your last visit, we'd be delighted to welcome you to our comfortable dental office. Our team is caring and supportive, and we strive to help you attain your healthiest smile. 

Please get in touch with us today to schedule your preventive dental care appointment with Dr. Nelson.