Preventative Dentistry in Bristol, TN

Preventative dentistry focuses on maintaining healthy teeth and gums, aimed at reducing the need for dental restorations throughout your life. Good oral health involves regular prophylaxis (dental cleanings) by your hygienist as well as your own daily care. Dr. McMillin strongly recommends that patients brush their teeth twice daily, floss once day, and limit their intake of sugary drinks and snacks.

Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)

Prophylaxis, when done by a dental hygienist, involves cleaning your teeth to remove tartar, plaque, calculus, and stains. It is followed up with a polishing process needed to smooth the teeth to reduce rough spots that may attract bacteria.


Dental sealants, thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protect these teeth from tooth decay. Since most tooth decay in children and teens occur on these surfaces, sealants protect the chewing surfaces by keeping germs and food particles out of the grooves in these teeth.

Nutritional Counseling

Good oral health is directly related to good diet and nutrition. Dr. McMillin and his staff can discuss your diet with you to identify possible foods and liquids that may be harmful to your oral health.
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