Preventive care visits are the cornerstone of good dentistry and good oral health. With routine visits, Dr. Conder and his staff will help you keep your teeth healthy and prevent the need for extensive restorations. Wouldn’t you rather prevent cavities instead of having to get them filled? Wouldn’t you rather keep your natural teeth, instead of replacing them with expensive dentures or bridgework? Of course, you would! Preventive visits let us preserve the health of your teeth now, so you can keep them healthy for the future.
Six-Month Dental Visits at Luck Dental Clinic
According to present recommendations from the American Dental Association, both adults and children should visit the dentist twice a year for preventive care. During these routine visits, the following will take place:
- A Dental Cleaning
- Dental Radiography (X-rays)
- Oral Health Exam
- Preventive Treatments: Fluoride and Sealants
- Gum Health Check
- Oral Cancer Assessment
- A Conversation on Oral and Overall Health
Professional dental cleanings help you avoid tooth decay. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, most patients wind up with a few small spots of calcified plaque (tartar) on their teeth. Why does tartar matter? Once plaque hardens into tartar, you can’t remove it yourself with a toothbrush. Only dental instruments can loosen it from your tooth enamel. If not removed, tartar attracts more bacteria to an area, which ultimately leads to enamel demineralization and the formation of a new cavity. Getting your teeth cleaned at Luck Dental Clinic doesn’t just leave them feeling and looking better—it also makes them less vulnerable to tooth decay!
Radiography scans and oral exams help us get a clear picture of what’s happening in your mouth. We will check every tooth carefully to look for signs of damage or decay. X-rays help us see what’s happening below the gum line and in the jaw bone. These diagnostic tools are a good thing because they allow us to spot oral health issues before they become a problem for you. If we can find a cavity before it starts to cause a toothache—or before it even forms—we can preserve the tooth with more conservative means.
Personalized Care for You and Your Family
Another benefit of regular preventive care is that it gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your family. This helps us work as a team for your continued good oral health. If we know that you have a hard time flossing your teeth due to your arthritis, for example, we can suggest effective flossing alternatives that don’t aggravate your condition. Many medical conditions can impact the health of your teeth and gums. If we know you are being treated for acid reflux, diabetes, or cancer, for example, we can help you make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy in the process.
Mouth Guards, Night Guards, and Snore Guards
At Luck Dental Clinic, we want to help you and your family protect your teeth, so they can last a lifetime. If your child is playing sports, we can create a customized mouth guard to help ensure no teeth get knocked out by a hockey stick or baseball. We also provide customized night guards for patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), to prevent enamel damage and cracked teeth. Many patients are unaware that snoring is caused by a blocked airway, something that may be treatable with an oral appliance to gently reposition the teeth when you sleep at night.