Preventative Dentistry

Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness recommend that certain procedures be performed at regular dental visits as part of your proper dental hygiene. This preventative dentistry prevents problems before they start, corrects routine problems before they worsen, and identifies serious oral problems so they can be properly treated.

Oral Cancer Screening
Sealants
Sealants protect teeth from tooth decay by adding a protective layer to keep out plaque.
Adult Care and Prevention
Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness encourage adult care and prevention that is focused on the fight against plaque, the preservation of natural tooth structure, and early the detection and treatment of serious oral problems.
Oral Cancer
Early detection is the key to successful treatment of oral cancers, so Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness are the first line of defense.
Polishing
Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling, and some restorative procedures. It smoothes and polishes teeth or restoration surface and removes some stains.
Cleaning
Regular dental cleanings by Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness or their dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease.
Dental Exams
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but we may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.
X-Rays
X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allow them to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.
Scaling
Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep- cleaning procedure Dr. Kruse and Dr. Harness or a hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.