Preventative Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD

Preventative Dentistry Ashley Dental Center Paul Ashley DDS PC Dentist in Adelphi Maryland Silver Spring, MD DentalAt the Ashley Dental Center, we offer many preventative dentistry options. We’re happy to serve Silver Spring, Maryland, and surrounding areas. Please contact us today to set up an appointment. We love smiles and would love to see yours too. Preventative dentistry is all about promoting smiles and keeping your teeth and gums healthy and functional. 

Preventive dentistry is crucial in maintaining your oral health and keeping your teeth strong for years to come. Taking preventative measures helps reduce cavities and extensive restorative dental procedures needed after decay.


Preventative Procedures

Preventing decay and limiting the possibility of future problems is easy and cost-effective. Most preventative procedures are completed in-office and in one visit. Additionally, we encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry at home. 

The best possible preventative dentistry that keeps your teeth healthy is to keep them clean. You can practice preventive dentistry at home by establishing a good oral health routine. This routine includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. 

At Ashley Dental Center, we recommend that patients brush their teeth with a soft-bristle brush and use low-abrasive, fluoridated toothpaste. This will help remove debris and bacteria but will not damage the outer layer of your tooth, the enamel, or the surrounding gums. 

We recommend fluoridated toothpaste because it will strengthen the enamel of your teeth, therefore preventing dental decay. 


Professional Cleanings

One of the best ways to avoid cavities and decay is to receive professional dental cleanings and exams every six months. Professional cleanings help remove the build-up of plaque and tartar from your teeth that you can’t do yourself. Brushing twice a day and getting professional cleanings will decrease your risk of decay. 

Additionally, Dr. Ashley will perform a dental exam during a dental cleaning. The dental exam gives him a chance to diagnose the dental concern and create a treatment plan. It is essential to take care of dental concerns right away to avoid more significant dental concerns in the future. Letting a cavity go without getting it taken care of can lead to costlier treatments down the line.



X-rays help the dentist see your teeth thoroughly and in detail. Seeing the whole tooth through an X-ray allows the dentist to catch minor problems before they become more prominent.


Dental Sealants

The back molars of your teeth have a lot of notches, and with a dental sealant, Dr. Ashley will fill in those crevices. Filling and covering the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent food and bacteria lodged where tooth decay is common. When bacteria and debris contact the top of your back molars, the debris will slide off with sealants. 



Fluoride is a mineral that naturally makes teeth more robust and more resistant to decay. We provide fluoride treatments to patients who naturally aren’t getting enough and patients who would like extra protection. Dental fluoride can decrease your risk for decay because it strengthens the outer tooth surface.


Quality Preventative Dentistry

At Ashley Dental Center, our priority is to educate our patients and offer quality preventative dental care solutions. Preventive dentistry will eliminate the need for future extensive and costly restorative procedures to restore a smile after tooth problems. 

We practice preventative dentistry in the office, and we recommend you practice it at home. We recommend that patients visit Ashley Dental Center every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. We want the people of Silver Spring to learn how to best care for their smiles and how to keep them healthy!

If you would like to learn more and take advantage of our preventative dentistry options in Silver Spring, MD, please get in touch with us!