A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
The best method of ensuring that you will not have a dental disease or condition is to participate in a preventative program at Galleria Dental. Along with your Houston general dentist and support staff, you can prevent the onset, progress and recurrence of dental diseases.
We consult patients on good oral hygiene practices and emphasize the importance of a balanced diet in promoting healthy teeth and gums.
In addition, Galleria Dental offers a range of dental services for preserving and protecting your beautiful smile. These services include the following:
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Patients who visit our Houston general dentist clinic will receive a comprehensive exam to check for any signs of dental disease. Later dental check-ups could include one or more of the following exams: diagnostic x-rays (or radiographs) for the detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss; oral cancer screenings for the detection of oral cancer; gum disease evaluations for the detection of periodontal disease; tooth decay exams; and exams for checking fillings and crowns.
In addition, Galleria Dental provides professional dental cleanings (or dental prophylaxis) by one of our registered dental hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will remove tartar, plaque and other stains, and may also involve teeth polishing.
Digital x-rays (or digital radiography) is a recent dental technique that uses electronic sensors to capture and store images of a patient’s teeth. This technology enables a Houston general dentist to detect potential disease or decay.
Dental x-rays are an essential tool can prevent serious or long-term dental issues. Among the issues they can reveal: abscesses or cysts; bone loss; cancerous and non-cancerous tumors; decay between the teeth; developmental abnormalities; poor tooth and root position; and problems inside the tooth or below the gum line.
Fluoride, which is found naturally in almost all foods and water supplies, is an effective agent for the prevention of tooth decay. There are two types of fluoride: one is topical fluoride, which strengthens teeth once they have erupted by seeping into tooth enamel; and systemic fluoride, which strengthens teeth that have erupted, as well as those developing under the gums. Fluoride treatments are recommended for a variety of reasons, such as healing deep pits and fissures; improving fair to poor oral hygiene habits; and reversing a recent history of dental decay.
General dentists apply sealants to the chewing surface of molars, premolars or any deep grooves in teeth where dental decay often originates. Made of a thin, plastic coating, sealants protect teeth from decay for many years to come. They can be easily applied by your Galleria Dental dentist within a period of minutes per tooth.
Home Dental Health Care
Along with regular visits to your Houston general dentist, here are some other ways of bettering your oral health: brushing your teeth at least twice a day; daily flossing between the teeth and under the gumline; and rinsing your mouth with water after brushing.
In addition to toothbrushes and dental floss, general dentists recommend the following dental aids for good oral health: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners and irrigation devices.
Visit our website for more information on practicing good dental health at home, or contact Galleria Dental to schedule a consultation with one of our general dentists!