Preventive Dentistry

Investing in Your Future Smile

Preventive dentistry is not just about maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Your oral health isn’t the only thing at stake when considering preventive care. In addition to causing pain and reducing your ability to eat, talk, and smile normally, problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can affect your overall health.

Gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications such as premature delivery and preeclampsia. Tooth damage or decay can lead to widespread infection, and it can also prevent you from eating a proper, balanced diet, which will negatively affect your entire body. Likewise, untreated TMJ disorder and bruxism can lead to pain in your jaw, head, neck, and shoulders as well as damage your teeth.

To protect your oral and general health, you must obtain proper preventive dental care so that all of these problems can be treated promptly if and when they develop. The best way to detect problems early enough that they can be treated in a conservative manner is to see your West Des Moines general dentist every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning.

How Preventive Dentistry Preserves Your Smile

Your six-month visit to Dr. Hawks will consist of a meticulous examination of your gums, teeth, and all of the surrounding tissues. Dr. Hawks’ diligence and thoroughness will ensure that problems such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, or oral cancer, among other conditions, are detected in their earliest stages, which increases your chances of a successful treatment result. During your exam, he will also check your jaw joints, bite, and teeth for signs of TMJ disorder or bruxism so that necessary treatment can be administered before more damage occurs. Your appointment with Dr. Hawks will also entail a scrupulous professional teeth cleaning by his hygienist to help increase your chances of maintaining optimal oral health. To learn more about our excellent preventive dentistry services, explore our website:

Schedule a Preventive Dentistry Appointment

Prevention is always the best medicine, especially for your smile. To schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment, call our dental office in West Des Moines, IA, at (515) 225-6665. Since 1985, Dr. Hawks has proudly served the residents of West Des Moines, as well as Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Grimes, and all surrounding communities since 1985.