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Preventative Dental Care

Having a clean and healthy mouth matters more than you think. Preventative dental care services guard your teeth and gums against two of the most common types of dental problems: tooth decay and gum disease. The more regular you’re able to take care of your teeth, the better chance you have to protect against further dental treatment or tooth loss.

Our dental team provides an array of preventive dental services to support your dental health. We’re passionate about giving you honest medical advice and practical tips to keep you smiling for years to come and are proud to work with a number of major dental insurance companies for your benefit.

    Our Preventative Dental Care Services

    • Regular dental checkups
    • Teeth cleanings every 6 months
    • Dental sealants to prevent cavities
    • In-office fluoride to prevent tooth decay
    • Diagnostic x-rays for disease prevention
    • Prescription toothpaste to protect teeth and gums
    • Routine & comprehensive oral cancer screenings
    • Custom-fit nightguards to prevent teeth grinding
    • At-home oral health instructions

    Routine Dental Cleanings & Checkups

    You may be wondering why routine dental checkups are so important. While you should be brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis, dental problems can start to appear steadily over time. By keeping regular dental visits, you can catch tooth decay or cavities early on with different preventative measures. Not only does this keep your teeth healthier longer, but will help prevent costly dental procedures and treatments.

    At Z Dentistry, we recommend a preventative course of action that includes regular checkups, x-rays, and dental cleanings every 6 months. At your appointment, you may receive the following:

     

    • Plaque and tartar removal
    • Detailed tooth polishing
    • Thorough flossing and gum exam
    • Diagnostic x-ray, especially if you’re having tooth pain
    • Topical fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel
    • Prescription or referral for further treatment

    Cavity Prevention

    If there’s one thing that preventative dental care is focused on, it’s protection against cavities. We offer various types of cavity prevention techniques to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay long term.

    Types of cavity prevention include but aren’t limited to:

     

    • Dental SealantsThere are certain areas in-between your teeth that are hard to brush and floss, especially your back teeth (molars). If you have a cavity starting to show, we may suggest a dental sealant, a thin, protective coating to adhere to the chewing surface of your tooth.
    • In-Office Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride is a natural mineral found in most drinking water that helps prevent the amount of acid found on your teeth. When you receive a tooth cleaning, our dental assistant will apply fluoride at the end to protect your teeth against cavities and sensitivities.
    • Prescription Toothpaste – For patients at high risk of cavities or tooth decay, we prescribe fluoride toothpaste for nighttime use. It is to be applied without rinsing so that the strengthening properties of the fluoride can be absorbed into each tooth while you sleep.

    At Z Dentistry, we recommend a preventative course of action that includes regular checkups, x-rays, and dental cleanings every 6 months. At your appointment, you may receive the following:

     

    • Plaque and tartar removal
    • Detailed tooth polishing
    • Thorough flossing and gum exam
    • Diagnostic x-ray, especially if you’re having tooth pain
    • Topical fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel
    • Prescription or referral for further treatment

    Oral Exams & Cancer Screenings

    One of the most important things at a routine dental checkup is checking for problems that may be invisible to the eye, particularly through diagnostic x-rays and cancer screenings.

     

    • Diagnostic X-Rays – Dental x-rays are images taken of your teeth to evaluate your oral health. These types of oral exams help our dental team identify problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth long before your tooth is inoperable. At Z Dentistry, we recommend having your x-rays updated every 6 months so that we are able to watch the progression of your teeth and catch dental problems early on.
    • Cancer Screenings – Oral cancer screenings are completed at every comprehensive dental exam at our clinic. During these exams, our dentist will look inside your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Often, these are the first signs of different types of oral cancers. In addition, we make it a point to check all of the soft and hard tissue of your mouth during your 6-month checkup.

    At-Home Oral Health Techniques

    Providing the best preventive care extends beyond our clinic. Our dentist and dental assistants take the time to answer any questions you may have about taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. We’ll give you step-by-step instructions and product recommendations that can be trusted to fit your needs and prevent your teeth from decaying.

    We may also suggest other types of at-home oral health techniques such as teeth whitening, teeth straightening, or custom-fit nightguards. It’s our goal to provide comprehensive preventative dental care to protect your teeth and ensure a healthy, white smile for years to come.

    Preventative Dental Care

    Shouldn’t Be An Afterthought

    Taking care of your teeth and gums should start long before you’re feeling pain. Book an appointment at our dental office in Northlake, Texas to receive the very best care for your oral health.

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