Preventative treatments like cleanings and exams at our Wausau dental office are the most important tools we have to protect your family’s oral health. It’s much easier to maintain a consistent routine of prevention now than to put off treatment and face more complicated and costly problems later.
Our goal is to help you stay informed and educated about certain preventative services we offer and why they are necessary for good dental health. Our professional team is very skilled and knowledgeable, and we will always take time to answer all your questions until we are sure that you feel completely confident about your treatment.
Routine Dental Exams
We follow guidelines set by the American Dental Association and recommend that you have your teeth examined twice a year. If you are a new patient, it gives us a baseline for future exams; if you are a current patient, the exam will help us to detect any changes since we last saw you.
When appropriate, Dr. Bushong will recommend digital x-rays to see what’s happening deep inside your teeth. These x-rays allow us to detect dental problems like cavities long before you’re even aware that they exist.
We also use an intraoral camera that allows us to give you a detailed “video tour” of your mouth so you can see exactly what we see. If we do find problems, our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes your oral health needs, lifestyle, and budget into account.
Without a doubt, regular professional cleanings are your best defense against serious oral health problems. No matter how well you brush and floss, professional dental cleanings are essential.
Our trained hygienist uses special instruments to get in the tiny spaces between your teeth to gently clear away plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t reach. If this debris is not removed regularly, it can attract bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Keeping your teeth healthy and free of gum disease is not just important for good oral health. Recent studies have shown that there is a direct link between the health of your mouth and certain serious health problems like heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and stroke.
Fluoride is a mineral that is essential for healthy teeth. It occurs naturally in many foods and water, but in some cases, the amount of fluoride you receive is not sufficient to protect your oral health. Everyone’s needs are different, and during your regular exam, Dr. Bushong can decide if you or your child needs a fluoride treatment to keep your teeth healthy.
Affordable, Accessible Care
Our extended morning and evening hours offer you the convenience of scheduling your visits when it’s convenient for you. You don’t have to worry about missing appointments either, because we’ll even send text or email reminders when it’s time for your next cleaning or exam.
Cost should never be a factor when it comes to your oral health care, and we will work with you to make sure you get the care you need. We accept most dental insurance plans and also work with CareCredit to provide interest-free financing if you are uninsured. Our in-house membership plan helps reduce your cost with discounts on routine services like cleanings and exams.
Is it time for your next dental cleaning? Please call our Wausau dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment.