When you hear us talk about preventive dentistry for your smile, you know that this means you’re coming in for a checkup and cleaning in order to prevent something or to keep something from happening. Of course, the end goal is for your smile to stay healthy! However, what does that really mean? Let’s run through the primary problems you’re doing your best to avoid by keeping your smile safe at home and with our care, so you find it easier to stay on target with your efforts!


You probably knew this one. Of the things you are preventing with your preventive dentistry, tooth decay is high on the list. This is the destructive oral disease that leaves you with a hole in your tooth, which then requires a filling (or a crown, depending on the severity). Brushing, flossing, and visits for preventive care with us help you avoid this problem. It is truly very simple to keep teeth whole and healthy.

Gum Disease

Don’t want gum disease? The only way you’ll keep it away is by practicing consistent preventive dentistry. You should brush every day as we direct you. You should always, always floss daily. Your prevention needs to include cleanings with us, too. Without them, plaque and tartar build up. This leads not only to inflamed gums but contributes to cavities, too.

Bruxism Disorder

This may be new to you. Bruxism is a problem that happens when you’re dragging teeth back and forth (grinding) or pressing them together (clenching). You probably don’t realize you do it but it can cause serious damage. We offer bruxism treatment to help you avoid damage!

Prevent Problems With Our Care

Keep issues like decay, gingivitis, and bruxism from occurring at all by keeping up with preventive care we suggest for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.