The backbone of most dental practices is general dentistry. The fact is that most patients come into a dentist office to have a general dentistry procedure performed, whether it’s a dental cleaning or exam, having a sealant placed, or a oral cancer screening. These types of procedures help ensure your oral health remains optimal and your smile beautiful, and we consider them elite at Clear Lake Dental Care.
One of the most important aspects of general dentistry is having dental cleanings and exams every six months. Having a cleaning and exam can be the difference between having outstanding oral health and having to fix problems from poor oral health, such as tooth decay.
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we know that sometimes it can be hard to keep your teeth at an optimally clean level. That is part of the reason we suggest that you come in every six months to have your teeth cleaned. We can clean those hard-to-reach places on your teeth that can build up tartar and plaque over time. Built-up tartar and plaque put you in danger of damaging your oral health.
Another benefit that you experience in coming in for a dental cleaning and exam is that you’ll have your mouth screened for oral cancer. After we take X-rays of your mouth and check for other problems that may have arisen in your mouth, we will check for the various signs of oral cancer. You can rest assured after leaving Clear Lake Dental Care that you will know exactly what needs to be done to maintain excellent oral health.
Dental sealants are thin, tooth-colored coatings painted on the tooth surface. These are typically used on molars and premolars (back teeth) to prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces. It’s a liquid that quickly bonds to the grooves of the teeth to “seal” and protect them from food particles, plaque, and acids. Your dentist in Webster recommends sealants for teeth that are particularly harder to reach when flossing and brushing.
Children and adults can benefit from the quick preventive procedure. Children and teenagers in the cavity-prone years (ages 6-14) can benefit from sealants that help protect the molars and premolars. Sealants may also be recommended for baby teeth. If you notice that your child’s baby teeth have deep grooves, ask your dentist about sealants. This coating can protect the teeth and prevent early tooth loss, which can lead to poor spacing for the child’s permanent teeth. This procedure will also prevent any dental emergencies in the future, saving you money and time.
Even adults without tooth decay can benefit from sealants. It’s an excellent preventive procedure to protect hard-to-reach back teeth from decay and maintain better dental health. Dental sealants can last for years with normal chewing. Regular visits to the dentist should be enough to check them and determine if a replacement is needed.
Oral cancer can be a devastating disease that can change your life – or even take it away. That is why we offer quality oral cancer screenings. We will make sure that you are showing no signs of oral cancer so you can rest easy at night knowing that you are oral cancer–free. But if we do find a trace of cancer, we will be ahead of the game and ready to treat you.
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