Preventive Care Specialist

South Indy Dental

William Johnson, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic & Sedation Dentist located in INDIANAPOLIS, IN

The best way to stop serious dental problems is to prevent them before they have a chance to affect your oral health. Expert general dentist William Johnson, DDS, and the South Indy Dental team in Indianapolis provide high-quality preventive care now, so you don’t have to deal with problems like tooth decay or gum disease down the road. For the best preventive care possible, call South Indy Dental or schedule an appointment online.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

In dentistry, preventive care is the simple act of maintaining your oral health before it becomes a problem. This helps set you up for a lifetime of healthy smiles and lowers your risk of needing treatment for serious dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, infections, and more. Some common preventive care services at South Indy Dental include:

  • Dental exams 
  • Sealants
  • Educational instruction on brushing and flossing
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Oral cancer screenings

Not only does preventive care keep your teeth healthy, it also saves you time and money in the long run.

What is a dental exam?

The most common type of preventive care in dentistry is a dental exam, which helps identify concerns early on before they cause any damage to your oral health. The team at South Indy Dental recommends coming in for a dental exam once every six months to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease. 

What happens during a dental exam?

During your visit, the South Indy Dental team examines the inside of your mouth to check for any problematic signs like gum inflammation, bleeding gums, and tooth decay. They also look for sores, lumps, and any other signs of oral cancer. The team then takes X-rays to check for tooth decay and any other problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

After reviewing your X-rays, Dr. Johnson has a better idea of your next steps. If you show early signs of tooth decay, he may suggest a dental sealant to protect your tooth. However, if the decay has already manifested, Dr. Johnson can remove the decay and place a filling at a separate appointment. Once the team assesses your overall oral health, they can get started on cleaning your teeth.

Dr. Johnson uses small dental tools to remove plaque and other debris from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that damages your teeth and gums without proper treatment. Next, he flosses your teeth to remove any bacteria that may be trapped between the small crevices in your smile.

Before you leave, Dr. Johnson polishes your teeth and may give you a fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect your smile. 

To see a full list of preventive services available at South Indy Dental, call or book an appointment online.