We have a variety of treatments available to help protect smiles from serious oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. These can be beneficial for kids and adults alike. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about our preventive treatments and how they strengthen smiles in our community.
Checkups and Cleanings for All Ages
Our team would like to see you and your family at least once every six months. A checkup visit is a chance for our team to monitor smiles with advanced imaging technology, so we can identify areas of concern in the earliest stages and render treatment before discomfort develops or teeth become lost. Our team will also clean the teeth in the same visit, a process that removes all layers of harmful plaque and tartar from the teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains too!
If a cavity does form, we could treat it in one visit with our metal-free dental fillings, which use a composite resin material we can color-match to blend with your smile!
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
We also have treatments that help limit the risk of tooth decay. During each checkup visit, we will apply a fluoride gel to your children’s teeth, and we can do this for adults too. The fluoride helps strengthen the outer enamel to make cavities less likely. This is also the reason you should use a fluoride toothpaste! For children or adults with limited dexterity, we could apply dental sealants to the rear molars. These are often difficult to reach when brushing and flossing, and this could allow cavities to form. But the sealants prevent particles from foods and drinks becoming stuck on or between the teeth. These sealants then stay in place for up to ten years!
Mouthguards, Toothpastes, and More
We could also create custom athletic mouthguards, which provide better protection for kids and adults than standard boil-and-bite options. These will help limit the risk of cracked, chipped, or knocked-out teeth. Our team also offers prescription strength toothpaste and mouth rinses for peel with especially vulnerable smiles, lowering the risk of cavities and periodontal issues when used. If you have any questions about our preventive treatments, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk to Your Kansas City, MO Dentist Today
Our team strives to help safeguard our patients and their families from cavities! If you want to learn more about how we protect smiles from tooth decay, or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000. We want to help you and your family enjoy strong and healthy smiles for years to come!