Preventive Dentistry

At Valley Ridge Dental, we care about your whole family’s dental health. With that in mind, we focus our attention on preventive care, education, and helping patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

We ask our patients to come in twice each year for examinations and cleanings. In return, we will provide you with the best education possible so you can take good care of your oral health.

Lake Elmo dentist Dr. Katie Daniels and our entire team will do everything possible to ensure you understand how best to take care of your oral health. We want you to have a healthy smile for a lifetime.

One of the advantages of seeing us twice each year is Dr. Daniels can identify problems while they are still small.

When dental problems are minor, treatment is less invasive—and usually less expensive! For example, a small cavity that is discovered by your dentist can be filled with a tooth-colored filling. If that same cavity goes untreated, however, the decay can spread and eventually develop into a painful infection requiring root canal therapy or even extraction to preserve your other teeth and your overall health. 

If you are at a high risk for tooth decay, we can provide fluoride treatment to supplement your preventive care. Regardless of risk, all adults should use a fluoride toothpaste, which have been proven to help prevent tooth decay.

The Connection between Oral Health and Overall Health

Did you know that if your mouth isn’t healthy, you could be putting your entire body’s health at risk? Many studies demonstrate that there is a connection between dental disease such as gum disease and an increased risk of serious systemic illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some kinds of cancer.

You may be good at taking care of your teeth at home, but even the most diligent brusher and flosser cannot completely prevent plaque from building up on teeth and hardening into tartar deposits. The only way to remove tartar is with the specialized instruments and techniques your dental hygienist uses.

Skipping regular professional cleanings puts you at a higher risk of developing gum disease, a chronic infection affecting many adults in this country. Many people with gum disease are completely unaware they have it because, in its initial stages, symptoms are minor and easy to miss. Just like with cavities, regular visits allow us to screen you for gum disease and provide treatment and recommendations to either prevent it or stabilize it.

The Importance of Oral Care for Your Youngest—and Oldest—Family Members

We recommend bringing your children to our office for their first visits as soon as their teeth start coming in. Because it's so important that they gain a sense of trust and confidence in dental visits, we also invite you to bring them along to your own appointments!

Letting kids take a “ride” in the dental chair when they are young helps promote a positive attitude about visiting the dentist. Children who are introduced to the dental office early and regularly tend to grow into adults who feel comfortable visiting the dentist and have better health care habits.

Although age itself is not a dominant factor in dictating oral health, as we get older, we become more susceptible to problems such as xerostomia (dry mouth), gum recession, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Because of the connection between oral health and the health of the rest of the body, it is important for older adults to continue visiting the dentist. It's never too late to have a healthy smile!

Call Valley Ridge Dental to Make an Appointment

It's easy to stay ahead of serious problems that can have a negative impact on your oral health. Let Dr. Daniels and her entire team help ensure you enjoy good oral health for life.

If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, you can rest assured that we are a judgment-free zone. We can’t change the past, but we can put you on a path to better oral health in the future. Call us today!