You run on the treadmill to keep the extra pounds off. Maybe you take a low-dose aspirin regimen for your heart’s health.
But what do you do to keep your teeth healthy and white? Sure you brush them everyday, and you floss when you remember to. But are you regularly visiting the dentist’s office for check-up exams and routine teeth cleanings?
If you’re not, you’re putting yourself at risk for tooth decay and Oral Diseases. When it comes to your dental health, the best offense really is a good defense.
In today’s blog from the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we are going to take a look at the Preventative Dentistry services we offer at our office.
Dental Exams and Dental Cleaning
The American Dental Association recommends that you have Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings done at least twice a year. For your convenience, we offer same-day Dental Exams and Cleanings.
During a Dental Exam, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth. Our state-of-the-art technology can produce these images in a matter of seconds.This helps us to quickly and effectively identify any problems areas you may have from tooth decay, so we can provide you with proper treatment.
Afterwards, our skilled team of hygienists and dentists will clean your teeth. We accomplish this task by removing plaque and tartar that have built-up on your teeth.
This is a painless process in which we use an ultrasonic cleaner, a special electric toothbrush, and a gritty dental polish. This will leave your teeth and gums feels refreshed and looking great. During the Cleaning and Exam, our team will also examine your teeth for other signs of decay or infection.
Oral Disease Screening
One of the most important aspects of a Dental Exam is a screening process to detect oral diseases such as gingivitis and oral cancer. If you are suffering from an Oral Disease, you may not even realize it until it reaches the point where teeth are lost.
Gum Disease is the most common of Oral Diseases. Common symptoms of advanced Gum Disease include bad breath, gums which bleed easily or frequently, a swelling of your gums, or painful chewing. Sufferers of Gum Disease are also considered to be at a heightened risk for heart disease and low blood sugar. Even if you are not exhibiting any of these symptoms, you could be suffering from the early stages of Gum Disease.
If we can detect Gum Disease early enough, we can recommend a course of treatment. This can save you time and money, and prevent you from experiencing the painful symptoms described above.
We also screen for Oral Cancer; the most dangerous of all the Oral Diseases. If not detected early, it can eventually become fatal or require drastic, face-altering surgery. The risk of Oral Cancer becomes heightened around a person’s 18th birthday and heightens over time.
Smokers and nonsmokers alike are at risk for Oral Cancer; women undergoing changes to their menstrual cycle are believed to be at the highest risk for Oral Cancer. In fact, a women is actually more likely to be diagnosed with Oral Cancer than with cervical cancer.
Dental Exams help to discover cancerous spots on your gums or in the soft tissue of your mouth. These spots often appear as harmless and relatively unnoticeable red or white blotches on the tissue. Early detection of the disease can mean a quicker recovery, and even save your life.
Decay Prevention Services
We also use fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth, and prevent decay. A concentrated solution of fluoride is placed into a dental tray, and then placed into your mouth. This quick and painless process has been clinically proven to increase the strength of your enamel.
Another popular option is a Dental Sealant. Dental Sealants, also known as a fissure sealant, is a key tool in Preventative Dentistry to help to protect your teeth from cavities. These sealants are generally placed over your back teeth and molars to prevent the accumulation of plaque. This is also a quick and painless way to keep your smile healthy.
Make An Appointment
Do you have a beautiful smile filled with healthy teeth? Then we want to help you keep it healthy and beautiful. Click here to make an appointment with the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. You can also contact us about the Antoine Dental Center Prefered Plan. For a mere $25 dollars a year your receive two dental exams as well as digital x-rays, and steep discounts on the rest of our services.