As part of our approach to dental care, we believe in taking preventive measures. After all, what better way to safeguard the health of your teeth and gums than to avoid common problems completely? As part of today’s guide to preventive dentistry, we will look at seemingly minor procedures and technologies that help protect the health of your smile.

Guide to Preventive Dentistry Treatments

We offer a number of preventive treatments, including:

Checkups: Both adults and children should have a checkup once every six months. The doctor examines your teeth, gums, and jaw for warning signs of developing problems. The dentist can then recommend possible treatment options, addressing issues before they can progress.

Cleanings: Along with a checkup you need to have your teeth cleaned twice a year as well. A dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Doing so reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, as tartar can inflame gingival tissue and weaken the protective layer of tooth enamel. The procedure also leaves the teeth looking brighter and with a smooth finish. You can also enjoy fresher breath following this preventive procedure.

Oral Cancer Screenings: Each year, over 48,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. An early diagnosis is critical, as up to 57{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of those diagnosed will succumb to the disease in the first five years following diagnosis. We perform a screening as part of our routine checkups, which makes scheduling one essential for your overall health.

Digital Imaging: If you are considering treatment for an issue related to the health and appearance of your smile, we can also offer digital imaging as part of your visit. Digital imaging involves taking pictures of your smile and using digital technology to show you what your smile may look like following treatment.

If you have any questions about our preventive procedures then please contact our office today. We can answer your questions and schedule your next visit.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.