Your smile is one of a kind, and it can’t be truly replaced if it’s ever lost – so naturally you’ll want it to last the rest of your life! Every six months, we recommend that you visit Long Family Dental for a checkup as well as a thorough dental cleaning; other services listed below may be performed as needed to stop small health issues or problems from turning into full-blown emergencies, thus letting you maintain a smile that looks and feels great. Contact us today to set up your next appointment for preventive dentistry in Midlothian, TX.
Brushing and flossing on your own will get rid of much of the plaque that could eventually lead to tooth decay, but routine checkups and cleanings are still an important aspect of oral health. They enable us to catch damage that you might not have noticed on your own and clean the areas of the mouth that you’re unable to reach. Treating these small problems can save you from far more serious headaches later on, so make it a point not to avoid your regular cleanings.
The molars are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay compared to the rest of the teeth for a very simple reason: they are very hard to brush, and they contain numerous nooks and crannies where bacteria and food particles can become trapped. A dental sealant can give these vulnerable teeth an extra layer of protection against plaque, acids, and other harmful substances. This is especially helpful for young children that are still getting the hang of brushing.
Bruxism is the name for a condition where you grind your teeth without realizing it. If this happens while you’re awake, you can try and break the habit, but it becomes much harder to deal with if it only occurs while you’re asleep. Let it go on for too long, and you might find yourself with severely worn-down teeth and broken dental restorations. However, you can protect your smile and minimize the impact of bruxism simply by wearing a nightguard, which is a small oral appliance that we can customize to comfortably fit in your mouth.
If you want to survive oral cancer, then detecting it quickly is of the utmost importance. However, you might not notice the warning signs on your own, especially if you’re not sure what they are. Here at Long Family Dental, an oral cancer screening is a regular part of every single checkup; we don’t take any chances when it comes to the health and safety of our patients. As soon as we notice a suspicious sore or lump, we can make the arrangements for follow-up care immediately.
Fluoride is one of the best options we have for helping your teeth resist tooth decay. It’s a naturally occurring mineral that works to strengthen enamel and can reverse minor dental damage. It’s no wonder, then, why you’ll find fluoride in many oral hygiene products as well as public drinking water in many areas. At your biannual appointments, we can take a few minutes to apply a coat of fluoride to the teeth so that they have even better protection until your next visit. This is a painless process, and you’ll only need to wait for a little while for the fluoride to set into the teeth and start taking effect.