Preventive Dentistry Can Ensure Lasting Oral Health for All Ages
Drs. Joshua Lee and John Lee are always happy to treat dental problems or to enhance your smile with cosmetic care. Nevertheless, our first goal at Kids & Grownups Dental is to prevent oral health problems through routine care. We offer a wide range of preventive dentistry services at our Irving, TX, practice. Routine cleanings are some of our most important preventive treatments, and can remove the harmful substances that can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. We can also treat minor issues before they evolve into more severe complications. For our pediatric patients, we offer special services such as sealants and fluoride supplements. Our team can also help you improve your dental care at home, further ensuring a beautiful and healthy smile for many years.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
It is only through routine care that we can reduce your risk for cavities and periodontitis. When bacteria accumulate on your teeth, they will gradually build up into sticky plaque and hard tartar. Because bacteria will then be in constant contact with your teeth, they will feed off of the starches in your food, producing acid. The acids will erode your enamel, and the microbes will work their way deeper into your teeth. Over time, cavities can form. The bacteria can slowly work their way into your gums, where they can cause inflammation and create pockets around your dental roots. It is only a matter of time until these pockets grow larger, causing widespread tooth loss.
Exams and cleanings are the fundamental preventive treatments. At each visit, your hygienist will gently buff your teeth to remove bacteria and scale away any hard tartar.
Preventive care can eliminate harmful substances and keep these problems at bay and eliminate the need for costly treatments. We can also treat existing cavities and gum disease early, using more conservative methods. Therefore, it is important to visit us regularly, typically at six-month intervals. If you already have gum disease, or you struggle with recurring decay, you may want to book additional appointments.
Exams and cleanings are the fundamental preventive treatments. At each visit, your hygienist will gently buff your teeth to remove bacteria and scale away any hard tartar. She will do so very gently, to avoid affecting your sensitive, soft gum tissue. She will also polish your teeth to give them a healthy sparkle. After your teeth are clean, Dr. John Lee or Dr. Joshua Lee will perform your exam. Your dentist will look for white spots on your teeth that could indicate decay, as well as small cracks and chips. He will also check for gum inflammation or related concerns. In most cases, he will take x-rays at every other visit, which will reveal hidden signs of decay.
Preventive dentistry is especially important for kids, since childhood oral health can lead to lifelong wellness. We offer sealants and fluoride treatments for our pediatric patients. Sealants are a liquid coating that will go over permanent molars when they first come in. Once the material hardens, it will create a barrier, preventing an accumulation of food and bacteria in the grooves of your child’s teeth. In this way, sealants can combat cavities for many years. Fluoride also helps to eliminate the risk of decay. This mineral, found in many foods and in most municipal water, will help to strengthen developing dental enamel. Because most children do not receive enough fluoride, our rinses or varnishes can make the difference to ensure long-term oral health.
Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home
While professional dental care is important, your at-home oral hygiene is also vital. You know that you should brush and floss, but, like many patients, you may not be fully aware of the most effective ways to do so. At your routine visits, our team can provide tips to enhance your at-home hygiene. For example, we can show you new ways to floss, or we can recommend better toothpaste or mouthwash. We can also guide you in caring for your child’s teeth through every stage of dental development, from teething to your teen’s need for orthodontic treatment.
Schedule a Preventive Visit Today
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease can lead to better overall health. To schedule a routine visit for yourself or a member of your family, contact Kids & Grownups Dental online today. You can also book an appointment by calling (972) 255-4164.
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