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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 options on preventative care dental services. 

Types of preventative care:

Bi-annual dental exams

Total Care Dental provides you with excellent, comprehensive and preventative oral health care. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your local dentist for a check-up at least twice yearly. Our family dentists check your teeth, gums, tongue, jaw, and bone structure for any concerns, providing early detection for potential dental health issues and other diseases.

Without regular cleanings, bacteria in your mouth can multiply and lead to gum inflammation and infections. 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

Without regular cleanings, bacteria in your mouth can multiply and lead to gum inflammation and infections. Nearly every dental health issue can be prevented with routine dental exams and teeth cleaning.

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Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?

The main two causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. During check-ups, our team will provide expert guidance on effective oral care techniques,Dental exams and teeth cleaning for gum disease prevention in Madison recommend oral care products, offer dietary advice, and help you break bad habits. Take proactive steps to maintain optimal oral health between dental visits.

Regular check-ups can help catch early signs of health issues like oral cancer, gum disease, and bruxism, saving you money on treatments.

Can diet affect my teeth?

Your diet impacts your dental health significantly. Sugar-containing food and drinks are major contributors to tooth decay. Reducing your sugar intake can lower the risk of oral health issues. Opt for teeth-friendly foods like cheese, fruits, nuts, and vegetables to promote healthy teeth and gums. These foods can also protect against gum disease and oral cancer. Prioritize a tooth-friendly diet for a happy, healthy mouth.

Can smoking and drinking affect my teeth and gums? 

Smoking and vaping can cause tooth staining, tooth loss, and mouth cancer, and worsen gum disease. Dentists advise quitting, but if you can't, visit your dental team more frequently. Alcohol consumption also raises the risk of mouth cancer and can cause decay and erosion due to sugar or acid content.

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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 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 before you come in for an appointment.

Available Financing for Preventative Care Treatments

Don't delay preventative care for your teeth because of cost. We use financing plans to make treatment as affordable as possible. This includes available financing for patients with no dental insurance.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Preventative Dental Care

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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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