Treating common dental problems is just part of what a dentist does, but preventing them is just as important. At Preston Bend Dental, we take prevention very seriously by offering routine dental cleanings, exams, and more. Through these services, we work to stop cavities and gum disease from forming in the first place so you can enjoy your natural smile for years and years.
Regular brushing and flossing will help you preserve and protect your smile. But it takes more than just a good brushing and flossing routine at home to enjoy good oral health. Using our advanced tools, we will provide the dental cleaning Plano residents rely on to give them a smile that is bright and a mouth that is refreshed. Our dental hygienists can more easily reach those spots where it can be more difficult for you to clean on your own with a brush.
In addition, we take the time to gently floss between your teeth to remove plaque; special hand instruments called scalers and curettes are used to remove smaller deposits and smooth the surfaces of your teeth.
Just as important is the exam following your cleaning. During your exam, Dr. Madhav will look for signs of gum disease or tooth decay. She’ll also look for evidence of teeth grinding or malocclusion (teeth that don’t fit together properly). If she finds anything, she will happily talk to you about your needs and your treatment options, with plenty of time to answer your questions.
Finally, every exam includes an oral cancer screening. This brief and simple process of looking for irregular tissue lesions and feeling for abnormal growths can quite literally be lifesaving. Oral cancers claims tens of thousands of lives every year and like all cancer screenings, this one is designed to find signs before symptoms develop.
For patients with vulnerable teeth, dental sealants and fluoride treatments offer extra protection from decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to physically shield them from the cavity causing acids that bacteria in your mouth excrete. It only takes a few minutes to apply sealants to a patient’s teeth, and they can provide up to 10 years of protection.
Similarly, fluoride treatments are used to strengthen your tooth enamel, nature’s first line of defense against tooth decay. Fluoride not only makes your teeth stronger, it can also remineralize spots of enamel that have begun to thin. Fluoride foam or gel is inserted into mouth trays that are then placed over your upper and lower rows of teeth. After a few minutes, the fluoride residue is rinsed away. Now, after an exam and dental cleaning in Plano, your smile is brighter, stronger and better protected.
For optimal oral health, we recommend having two checkups per year. Call your “dentist near me” at Preston Bend Dental to schedule your next preventive dental appointment with Dr. Madhav. We proudly offer dental cleanings and hygiene exams to patients from Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and beyond.