Preventive Dentistry – Dallas, TX
Preserving Your Natural Smile
Once your permanent teeth erupt, they’re meant to last you the rest of your life. Unfortunately, the very real threat of cavities and gum disease can often leave you with unsightly gaps in your grin – or at the very least, force you undergo complex, costly procedures in order to keep your smile intact. To avoid these long-term consequence, your best strategy is to schedule an appointment at our dental office once every six months for preventive dentistry in Dallas, TX; that way, Dr. Brumbaugh has a chance to find and treat dental issues – or even just potential dental issues – long before the worst of the damage is done!
Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Preventive Dentistry?
- We Take Our Time with Each Patient
- Excellent Customer Service
- Flexible Appointment Times
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
You probably already know the drill whenever you walk into a dentist’s office for a checkup. After we’ve made a thorough examination of your teeth (which occasionally involves taking X-rays), we can recommend specific treatments or procedures meant to protect and/or restore your oral health. We’ll also take this opportunity to clean your mouth of plaque and tartar; you might have missed some areas of your teeth brushing on your own, and tartar in particular can’t be removed without a professional’s help.
Oral Cancer Screenings
About 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and those who have their condition found as early as possible will have a much better chance of survival. In order to identify oral cancer at the stage where treatment is more effective, we’ll perform an oral cancer screening at each of your checkups. Said screenings simply consist of looking for red or white patches or mouth sores. We’ll also feel around for abnormal lumps.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Sometimes we might find that your teeth are looking rounder than they normally should at your age. This is often a sign that bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) is slowly but surely wearing the enamel down. If it goes on for too long, you may start to run the risk of fracturing your weakened teeth. Thus, to give your smile some protection at night, we can provide nightguards that have been designed to fit perfectly in your mouth.
For decades now, fluoride has been an indispensable part of oral health care. It can be found in your toothpaste and your drinking water, and it plays an important role in strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. During a professional treatment, the fluoride can be applied directly to the teeth in a highly concentrated rinse, foam, or gel form. It only takes a few minutes, although you’ll need to avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour afterwards.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
You’re responsible for keeping your smile clean throughout the year, so it’s important that you stock up on the best dental hygiene products in order to do the job. Dr. Brumbaugh is more than happy to suggest some of the products that are used at our dental office, such as Crest and Colgate toothpaste as well as Listerine. These products contain powerful ingredients that help fight harmful oral bacteria and can help strengthen the teeth in order to make them more resistant to decay.