Our team believes in taking a preventive approach to your oral health. With our preventive general treatments, we can help patients of all ages avoid tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding damage, and other oral health concerns. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist discusses the benefits of seeing us for preventive treatment, so you can enjoy your best possible smile!
Your Initial Checkup and Cleaning
One major component of preventive dentistry is the six-month checkup and cleansing visit, one that isn’t recommended for people of all ages, from kids ages two to senior citizens. During the dental exam, we will employ advanced imaging technology, including digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, to obtain detailed and high-definition pictures of your oral health. We can diagnose issues in the early stages, treating them before they threaten smile stability.
Our team may look for issues like cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease, as well as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). We make sure teeth are erupting and falling out as they should for children, and look for tooth loss risk factors in adult smiles. Our team screens for oral cancer too! In the same visit, we will conduct a dental cleaning, in which we remove all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick, so you can reduce your risk of bad breath, teeth stains, and gum disease.
What if you already have warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease, such as sore, red gums or bleeding? Then you may need more than a traditional cleaning. To reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease, you may need a perio cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. As part of our approach to preventive dentistry, we can use the same tools mentioned above to remove buildup from the teeth and roots, destroying pockets of harmful bacteria and removing buildup. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and to limit the ability of plaque and tartar to adhere to the surfaces of your smile in between cleaning visits. The perio cleaning could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the severity of your buildup and your risk factors for periodontal disease.
We offer treatment for smiles of all ages, and that includes children too! Our team can provide detailed checkups and also professional cleanings to protect little smiles. We can make sure baby teeth are erupting and falling out on schedule, and that permanent ones can erupt in a way that doesn’t cause misalignment. We also talk to your kids about good oral hygiene habits, and these visits can limit the risk of dental anxiety in later years. With fluoride treatments, we can strengthen the outer enamel by applying a special varnish, and dental sealants enable us to add a protective coating to the hard-to-reach rear molars, which can provide up to ten years of protection and significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Teeth grinding can wear down enamel and even crack or chip the teeth, changing the appearance of your smile and leaving you vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and infection. But with a custom-made oral appliance, our team can provide treatment that eases the strain in your smile to stop bruxism episodes. If you do grind your teeth, the oral appliance places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage to your smile.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
What if we find weakened enamel and a cavity soon to form, but it is still too early for a dental filling? Then we can halt the rate of decay and prevent the need or a restoration, such as a filling or crown. With Silver Diamine Fluoride, we apply a special agent that stops decay and helps protect your smile. This is safe for kids and adults alike!
If you have any questions about preventive dentistry, or if you are ready to schedule your next preventive visit for you or a member of your family, then please reach out to our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help safeguard the health, function, and beauty of your smile with our preventive treatment options!
Schedule a Preventive Visit with Celina Family Dentistry!
We want to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid common concerns like tooth decay and gum disease for years to come. To learn more about our approach to preventive dentistry, talk to a member of our team today at Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130 today! You deserve a strong and healthy smile, and we can help you achieve this with a preventive approach!