Preventative dental care encompasses a set of proactive measures and practices aimed at maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental issues before they develop into more significant problems. This approach involves regular at-home oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, to remove plaque and food debris, as well as professional dental check-ups every six months (or as advised by your dentist). During these check-ups, dentists and dental hygienists perform thorough examinations, including cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup, and they may also use X-rays to detect hidden issues.
In addition to these fundamental elements, preventative dental care often includes educational components where individuals receive guidance on proper oral hygiene techniques and are informed about factors like diet and habits that can impact their oral health. Dentists may also assess individual risk factors, such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and previous dental history, to create personalized preventative plans.
The primary goal of preventative dental care is to avoid common dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, ensuring that individuals can maintain healthy teeth and gums, minimize the need for costly and invasive dental treatments, and promote overall well-being.
Oral Exams: Regular oral exams are a crucial aspect of preventive dental care. They allow our dentists to assess the condition of your teeth and gums, enabling them to create an effective treatment plan. Early dental care often translates to less dental care in the long run.
Oral Cancer Screening: Oral cancer is a serious concern, with one person in the United States succumbing to it every hour. Early diagnosis and treatment significantly improve survival rates. Our experienced dental team utilizes visual oral cancer exams and the Identafi® oral cancer screening device, enhancing early detection.
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Family Dental Care: Our practice caters to patients of all ages, offering a range of procedures from routine dental care to major dental rehabilitation. We strive to make children feel comfortable and offer advanced techniques to promote healthy teeth and gums. Our comprehensive dental services extend from the very young to the young at heart.
Hygiene Visit: Professional dental cleanings are essential for maintaining your oral health. The frequency of cleanings is tailored to your specific periodontal health, ensuring the well-being of your teeth and gums.
Sealants: Sealants are a highly effective preventive dentistry treatment designed to protect your back molars from decay. This simple and virtually painless procedure involves the application of a resin sealant to the grooves of your molars, preventing cavities from forming.
Infection Control: We maintain strict standards of infection control, emphasizing sterilization and the use of disposable materials. Your safety and a clean environment are our top priorities.
Root Canal Therapy: When a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary to save it from extraction. This treatment cleans the infected tooth, eliminates bacteria, and reinforces it with a durable material and permanent crown, preserving its function and appearance.
Dental Emergencies: If you experience a dental emergency, we prioritize your relief and aim to provide necessary treatment as quickly as possible.
Scaling and Root Planing: The primary treatment for periodontal disease involves removing bacteria and tartar from deep within the gums, preventing the progression of gum disease.
Pediatric Dentistry: Our dedicated team offers pediatric dentistry procedures to promote healthy teeth and gums in children. We ensure a comfortable and anxiety-free experience for our young patients.
Periodontal Care: We provide effective periodontal treatments to combat gum disease and its adverse effects, preserving your oral and overall health.
Athletic Mouthguards: Custom-made athletic mouthguards reduce the risk of dental trauma during sports activities, ensuring the safety of your teeth and gums.
Digital X-Rays: Our use of digital x-rays minimizes radiation exposure by up to 90%, eliminating the need for harmful chemicals required in traditional x-ray development.
Non-Toxic Dental Materials: We employ organic cleansing agents and non-toxic dental materials for check-ups, teeth cleanings, and treatments, promoting oral and overall health without compromising effectiveness.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Johnson Ranch Dental. Our skilled dentists, Dr. Mabry and Dr. Murphy, are here to help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.
Give us a call to schedule your appointment: (480) 582-1358