Wellness care, also called preventive care, is a collection of services that are provided to patients who are healthy, as opposed to therapies that are provided to treat disease.
The first objective of wellness care is to prevent the development of diseases that most people will reliably develop if such prevention is not performed routinely. The second objective of wellness care is to detect disease as early as possible, so that the disease may be treated most conservatively, least expensively, and with the highest likelihood of success.
Dental disease is much more destructive, and much more expensive and complicated to treat when it is discovered in an advanced state. Examples of preventive care are routine cleanings and exams, routine dental radiographs, oral cancer screenings, application of topical fluoride varnishes, and dental sealants in children.