Preventive Dentistry in Waxahachie, TX
Preserve your smile for life at Waxahachie Family Dentistry!
Drs. Scott Clinton, Nick Acosta, and Rachel Todd understand the importance of routine oral health care and proper oral hygiene at home.
Preventative dentistry starts with daily brushing and flossing to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright. Our doctors also recommend keeping a balanced diet that is low in sugars and carbohydrates to keep your mouth healthy. You can further reduce your chances of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer by avoiding tobacco products and moderating alcohol consumption.
Protecting your beautiful smile requires a solid foundation. Healthy oral health habits can only do so much on their own — it’s essential that you visit a dentist for regular checkups and screenings. At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, we’ll work with you to maximize your health, beauty, and comfort through preventive care for your smile.
What to Expect During Your First Dental Visit
Your new patient visit is our first chance to get to know you and your oral health needs. This appointment takes around an hour and allows us to build a productive relationship.
During your appointment, we’ll review your medical history and perform a thorough examination, including:
- Periodontal Evaluation: Your dentist will take measurements of the space between your teeth & gums and check for signs of inflamed tissue.
- Tooth-By-Tooth Assessment: We’ll evaluate each tooth and check for any issues that may need to be addressed, screening for general tooth health and the warning signs of decay or cavities.
- Bite Analysis: A TMJ and occlusal (bite) analysis looks at the position of your jaw when you bite down. Your dentist will look for dysfunctions in your bite such as wear, cracked or broken teeth, pain while chewing, and gum recession.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Our dentists will perform a visual & physical exam of the tongue, jaw, cheeks, and chin to look for signs of oral cancer such as swelling, discolored patches, bumps, or other abnormalities.
Once your dentist has an accurate idea of your status, they’ll construct a treatment plan to correct problems and restore peak oral health. Our dentists will also provide tips for maintaining optimal oral health through good brushing and flossing habits.
Periodontal Disease Screening and Treatment
A primary concern of our dentists during your visit is promoting the long-term health of your gums. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar between the gum tissue and teeth.
Symptoms of the first stages of periodontal disease include bleeding and swelling of the gums, followed by a receding gum line that can expose the roots of your teeth if left untreated.
Thankfully, deep cleaning efforts by our trained hygienists can reverse the onset of periodontal disease. Ignoring the early warning signs can only worsen outcomes and eventually lead to painful, tender gums and loosened teeth. You can avoid costly and uncomfortable dental issues and procedures with preventative gum disease treatment from Waxahachie Family Dental.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I schedule regular dental visits?
Visiting your dentist for a checkup and deep cleaning every six months can effectively maintain the health of your teeth and gums. To preserve the benefits of professional cleaning and make your regular visits as comfortable as possible, it’s crucial that you care for your teeth and gums at home with daily brushing and flossing.
Why are regular checkups so important?
There are several reasons why regular checkups are a wise decision for the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Your biggest motivation should be catching issues as early as possible to minimize treatment time and discomfort.
Plaque buildup in hard-to-reach areas can lead to the build up of hard tartar, but a trained hygienist can remove tartar and prevent the onset of periodontal disease. Rather than waiting for a cavity to cause you pain or impair your ability to eat, a dentist can catch the signs of tooth decay and use dental sealants and fillings to avoid more serious and expensive interventions down the road.
Alignment issues, excessive wear on teeth, and oral cancers are all more effectively and comfortably treated by a professional who can identify the conditions before they can advance.
Protect Your Smile with Our Preventative Dentistry Services
Regular preventative care is the best way to protect your teeth for a lifetime of health and comfort. Make an appointment at Waxahachie Family Dentistry by calling (972) 885-3335 to ensure your teeth and gums remain in optimal condition.