Preventive Dentistry in Washington, PA

Excellent oral health is built on a foundation of preventive care. Including routine dental appointments in your schedule now, will help minimize the risk that you will develop problems in the future that are complex or costly to fix.

Why Preventive Care is Important

At Pruce Dental, our goal is to help you see the many benefits that go along with a healthy, problem-free smile. Dr. Robert Pruce is highly skilled at restoring damaged smiles, but we would much rather see you for basic preventive services than complex restorative treatment.

Protecting the overall health of your mouth also helps protect your general health. Studies by many health organizations have established that a direct link exists between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Chronic gum disease and poor oral health have been associated with complicated conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and even pregnancy complications.

Your First Visit

We believe that we can provide you with the most appropriate care by developing a long-term trusting relationship. We start by scheduling an appointment for you with Dr. Pruce so you can discuss your concerns. He will ask some basic questions about your oral health habits so he can understand your needs and explain how we can assist you. 

  • What do you expect to achieve with dental treatment?
  • Do you have specific concerns, or would you just like to keep your oral health on track?
  • What kind of dental experiences have you had in the past? 
  • Is dental anxiety a roadblock for seeking dental care?

The next step is a visual exam where Dr. Pruce will note previous dental work and identify potential problem areas like signs of teeth grinding and TMJ. Photos will also be taken, and if your x-rays are not current, we will take new ones so we can get a look at what's happening inside your teeth.

We are concerned with everything that impacts your oral health, and oral cancer is another serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Every exam at Pruce Dental includes an oral cancer screening. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer is highly treatable, with a 90% survival rate if caught in its early stages.

Personalized Treatment Plans

One of the most important preventive services we offer is professional dental cleanings. During your cleaning, Dr. Pruce will carefully check your gums for signs of periodontal disease and make recommendations based on his findings. If gum disease is not present, a basic cleaning may be all that’s needed. Otherwise, he will work with you to establish a treatment plan to restore gum health.

Dr. Pruce will also talk to you about other preventive treatment options like fluoride applications and dental sealants to make sure healthy teeth stay that way.

Your Partner in Dental Care

If embarrassment about the current state of your oral health is holding you back from seeking care, we can assure you that we will never lecture or shame you about past oral health habits. We are only concerned with helping you move forward from where you are by providing the treatments that contribute to your overall health and wellness.

When we have a complete picture of your oral health, we can work together to develop a personalized plan for treatment. There will be no surprises because we will keep you fully informed during every phase of treatment.

If you're ready to achieve the healthiest smile possible, please contact our Washington dental office at (724) 942-1400, and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for your first visit.