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Preventative dental services

Preventative dental care in Madison, WI

Total Care Dental is here to help you stay on top of your oral health needs with comprehensive preventative services. We accept a variety of major insurance providers and offer financing/payment plan options on preventative care dental services. 

Types of preventative care:

Bi-annual dental exams

Total Care Dental provides you with excellent, comprehensive, preventative oral health care in Madison. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you visit your local dentist for a checkup at least twice per year. Nearly every dental health issue can be prevented with routine dental exams and teeth cleaning.

Basic preventive dentistry includes:

  • Annual checkups
  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Eating healthy food

Why is Preventative Dentistry Important? 

The main two causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The key to preventing these two dental problems is regular teeth cleanings and good oral hygiene. At your routine check up, you'll learn the best oral hygiene techniques to remove plaque that forms on your teeth. You may also need recommendations for oral care products, your diet or how to quit bad habits to maintain your oral health in between dental visits. 

Dental exams and teeth cleaning for gum disease prevention in Madison

Preventative dentistry is also important for discovering oral health issues before they become a bigger problem. At routine appointments, your dentist can also check for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and bruxism. If you go too long without visiting your dentist, it could result in damage to your teeth, mouth, gums and overall health. Early detection of oral problems could save you money on costly treatments down the line. 

Can diet affect my teeth? 

Yes, any food and drinks containing sugar can cause tooth decay. Cutting down on sugary snacks and drinks will help reduce this risk. Recommended foods to keep your teeth healthy and happy include cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables. These foods can also prevent gum disease and protect your mouth against oral cancer.

Can smoking and drinking affect my teeth and gums? 

Tooth staining, tooth loss and mouth cancer are all common side effects of smoking. Smoking can also make gum disease worse. The best advice dentists have for smokers is to give it up, but if you can't, you should visit your dental team more often to compensate.

Alcohol also increases your risk of mouth cancer. Large consumption of alcoholic beverages containing sugar or acids can cause decay and erosion. Cutting down on your consumption could greatly benefit your oral health. 

What to expect at a Preventative Dental Appointment? 

Typically, a routine dental appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam (evaluation of your mouth for tooth decay, periodontal disease & oral cancer) and a professional cleaning. TCD Madison dentists will: 

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth for signs of disease
  • Take updated x-rays of your teeth, if needed 
  • Perform an oral cancer screening
  • Remove plaque buildup on your teeth and gums 
  • Answer your questions and concerns 

Dental Insurance Covers Preventive Care

Most dental insurance providers cover the costs of basic preventive care. TCD Madison accepts all the best Wisconsin insurers. We’re happy to help you understand what is and isn’t covered by your plan. Even if you do not have dental insurance, we use financing plans to make treatment as affordable as possible.

Schedule a preventative dentistry appointment in Madison with Total Care Dental.

No Insurance? We've Got You Covered.

Total Care Dental offers multi-level payment options for a variety of dental care services at our Madison, WI location. Enjoy routine checkups, cleanings, x-rays, periodontal preventative care and more without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies that don't value your time or health needs.

Benefits include:

  • Low-cost monthly payments
  • 10% off additional treatments
  • Immediate Benefits
  • Un-enroll any time
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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow
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Providing Free Dentistry to Patients in Need

The Share a Smile program allows the staff of TCD to give back to our local community. One day a  month, we provide free dentistry services to our neighbors in need. We work in partnership with the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) and are looking to join with more churches, low-income housing facilities, and food pantries to expand our reach.

Check out our website to learn more about the Share a Smile program.  Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for free dentistry, our dental financing plans make preventative, cosmetic, and restorative services easily affordable for our Madison patients.


Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!