We offer preventive dentistry to help your family avoid the onset of serious oral health issues, such as tooth decay or even gum disease. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about the various treatment options we have to help safeguard your teeth and gums, and why you should see us twice a year!
Checkups and Cleanings
For patients of all ages, we can recommend a checkup and cleaning visit every six months, starting at around age two. These visits enable our team to carefully examine smiles with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, identifying problems and assessing the strength of your smile. For kids, we watch for tooth decay and make sure baby teeth erupt and fall out properly, and that permanent ones arrive without issue. For adults, we also look for decay, as well as infection, oral cancer, gingivitis, and gum disease. We also examine smiles for signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism. An early diagnosis often means less extensive treatment. The cleaning involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth, which helps preserve the health of the smile.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
For kids, we can help protect smiles from cavities with preventive treatments like fluoride and dental sealants. Applying fluoride to the teeth in varnish form every six months helps strengthen the outer tooth enamel. The dental sealants are placed onto the rear teeth, preventing food from becoming stuck between the molars that kids have a hard time reaching when they brush and floss. These sealants stay in place for several years, reducing the risk of cavities.
For kids and adults who play sports or martial arts, we can offer custom-made athletic mouthguards, which provide a greater level of protection when compared to boil-and-bite store bought options. This helps prevent teeth from becoming chipped or cracked.
Prescription Toothpastes and Rinses
We also have prescription toothpastes and rinses, which help patients of all ages with sensitive teeth or poor gum health. If you have any questions about our preventive treatments, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you and your family, then contact our team today to learn more. You can use your remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits or health savings funds before they expire in December, and also start 2022 with a better smile! Treatment now also means receiving care before the hectic holiday season makes your schedule too busy to see us.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
We want to help your family enjoy good oral health throughout the year. To find out more about our preventive treatment options or to schedule a visit with our team members now before the holidays season is here, then please contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.