Preventive Dentistry – Keller, TX
An Important Step for Maintaining Healthy Smiles
Daily brushing and flossing are of the upmost importance, but even people with the most diligent oral hygiene routines can develop tooth decay and gum disease without even realizing. If you want your smile to last for the rest of your life, you need to take the initiative in caring for it, and that means visiting Dr. Walia at least two times a year for preventive checkups and cleanings. If it has been a while since your last visit, call Ridgepoint Dental today to schedule your next appointment for preventive dentistry in Keller, TX.
Why Choose Ridgepoint Dental for Preventive Dentistry?
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Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
It can be all too easy to miss certain spots on your teeth or overlook the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in your mouth while brushing and flossing. Regular checkups give us a chance to check your mouth for plaque and tartar buildup up so that we can remove these harmful substances from the areas you’ve had trouble cleaning by yourself. We can also take X-rays in order to check for bone loss and other complications that can develop in areas that aren’t normally seen by the naked eye.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Teeth are not indestructible; even if you take the best possible care of them, daily wear and tear will gradually weaken them and cause them to look flatter than they did before. If you suffer from bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), this process can be drastically sped up. Thus, to protect your teeth and preserve them for as long as possible, Dr. Walia can give you a specially fitted nightguard that prevents the upper and lower arches from directly touching each other at night.
Oral Cancer Screening
A cavity isn’t the only concerning thing we might find while examining your mouth. It’s possible that we’ll find a sore on the inside of your lip, or we could happen across discolored patches and unusual growths elsewhere in your mouth and throat. These symptoms are often warning signs of oral cancer, and you’ll need to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of survival over the next five years. We’ll perform an oral cancer screening during each of your regular visits.
There’s a reason why fluoride has been placed in the water you drink and is a key ingredient in most kinds of toothpaste: it works to strengthen tooth enamel in order to protect it against harmful bacteria. If you happen to be at a higher-than-average risk for cavities, or if you have a child with a still-growing smile, we’re pleased to offer you additional protection in the form of a fluoride treatment. Simply put, we’ll quickly and painlessly apply the fluoride directly to your teeth where it can do the most good.
If your child has trouble keeping certain teeth clean, they’re not alone. Many people find it difficult to effectively brush the molars near the backs of their mouths since the chewing surfaces of these teeth have various hard-to-reach crevices that can trap bacteria and food particles. To give your little one some much-needed protection against cavities while they’re still perfecting their brushing and flossing techniques, we can apply a thin protective coating called a sealant to act as a barrier.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
There are so many different kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash on the market that it can be hard to figure out which ones are the most reliable. At our dental office, we make good use of Crest and Listerine in order to help our patients fight back against oral bacteria, and we’re pleased to recommend these products to you for personal use. Also, depending on what is found over the course of your examination, we might suggest a few other steps you can add to your daily routine.
Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards
With any sport, you run the risk of injury – and in many cases, said injury might involve losing a tooth or even multiple teeth. Mouthguards (especially those that have been customized to fit your teeth) are highly recommended for all kinds of physical activity since they can greatly reduce the damage that your mouth will suffer should you ever take a hit to the mouth. Even if you have not been told that a mouthguard is required for a certain activity, it’s best to ask Dr. Walia for one anyway.
There are many reasons to make sure that you and your little one are seeing the same dentist. If your child sees that you’re already on friendly terms with the staff, they’ll feel more at ease, which makes it more likely that their early dental experiences will be positive ones. It also saves a significant amount of time when you can simply bring the entire family at once to a single location instead of visiting different dental offices for dental care. Don’t be afraid to ask for our help understanding your child’s ever-changing dental needs, such as the process of losing baby teeth to make room for permanent teeth.