Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Spring and Conroe
While taking good care of your teeth and gums at home is essential, an effective oral health care routine also involves visiting our Spring and Conroe dentists for regularly scheduled professional cleanings and examinations. Aside from the many oral and overall health benefits meticulous dental cleanings can provide your smile, our team can also detect and diagnose problems, and create a preventive treatment plan tailored to the smile needs of yourself and your loved ones.
When you make your appointment at the Everest Dental location nearest you, you can rest assured that Dr. Andy Loc Bui and his team take a compassionate and thorough approach to your care, recommending procedures and treatments that are as safe as they are effective.
Our Harris and Montgomery County dental team believes that patients of all ages should experience beautiful smiles that allow them to chew, smile, and speak with ease, and that’s why we provide preventive services for ages one to 100. Contact Everest Dental in Spring or Conroe for your professional cleaning and examination today!
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What Does Preventive Care Include?
There are two fundamental ways to maintain lasting oral health. Daily oral hygiene helps to prevent common problems, while regular dental visits help us detect problems early so we can keep them from advancing.
With two locations, our team can provide accessible care that combines our passion for helping others with a wide variety of treatments, procedures, and innovative technology to make sure your smile feels and looks its absolute best.
Preventive dental care at our offices includes:
Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?
Every infant, child, teen, and adult can benefit from preventive care. While it’s true that dental and oral health issues do not discriminate against age, neither does prevention! From newborns to mature adults approaching their golden years, anyone can benefit from a beautiful smile built on a foundation of healthy gums.
No matter the severity of your current oral health issues, it’s never too late to exercise prevention. However, preventive measures for dental health should begin during childhood, and can do so as early as birth!
Just because your baby might not yet have any teeth doesn’t mean an oral health routine should be ignored. Beautiful and long-lasting smiles rely on healthy gums, so cleaning your infant’s mouth with a damp, clean cloth every morning and night, as well as after feedings, is essential until their first tooth emerges. Once their teeth erupt, contact us to schedule their first dental visit no later than their first birthday.
Prevention for Children and Teen Smiles
Children often look up to their parents, guardians, or older siblings for social cues as well as how to take care of themselves. Dr. Boc Lui knows just how impressionable children are and enjoys helping you set the example for proper oral hygiene at home and in-between dental visits.
At Everest Dental, we also provide first visits for young children, helping them adjust and become comfortable in the dental environment. Early orthodontic treatment for correcting bite and alignment issues, sealants for cavity protection, and body-safe fillings for repairing areas of decay are also offered and tailored for children's smiles.
For teen patients, regularly-scheduled oral health appointments are just as crucial for helping keep their teeth, gums, and jaws healthy. During this stage of life, the influx of hormone levels can lead to different issues such as bad breath and gingivitis. Not only can we monitor your teen's smile, but we also help counsel them on a healthier lifestyle and proper eating habits.
Helping Adults and Seniors Enjoy Proper Oral Health
Adult teeth are strong. However, years of constant use, certain medications, and other factors mean adult smiles are still susceptible to wear, infection, decay, and tooth loss. Because periodontal (gum) disease is still a common problem in American adults, diligent oral hygiene and dental visits every six months are essential.
For young adults and seniors alike, we provide a wide range of preventive treatments to repair damage, eliminate infection, and restore missing teeth completely.
Why Prevention Matters
Did you know that one of the most important reasons for good oral hygiene and professional prevention is the beneficial impacts they can have on your overall health? Continue reading below to find out more!
Healthy teeth and Gums: Although genetics play an influential role in your likelihood to develop cavities, preventative dental care and at-home hygiene help keep your teeth free of decay and gums free of infection and disease.
Disease Detection: Our dentists can detect a lot more than just cavities from examining your mouth and surrounding facial structures.
Seven issues we can detect with digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and a thorough examination are:
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Signs of Acid Reflux Disease
- Tooth Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)
- TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders)
- Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Oral Cancers and Cysts
Oral-Systemic prevention: Oral infections and overall health issues often manifest themselves in your mouth, which can lead to serious concerns. For example, gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is a common inflammation of the gums. If not treated, it can develop into periodontitis, the more advanced and damaging infection that often results in tooth loss.
Oral infections that start in your mouth have even been linked to some of the following seven conditions:
- Heart Disease & Clogged Arteries
- Diabetes complications
- Respiratory issues
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Premature births & low birthrates in newborns
Catching oral health concerns in their earliest stages not only helps us preserve more of your natural teeth and gums, but preventative care also helps reduce the pain, discomfort, and complications oral diseases can cause on your overall quality of life.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
It’s recommended by the American Dental Association, as well as our team, that you schedule your oral health visits every six months. These bi-annual check-ups allow us to detect, diagnose, and treat your smile, helping you reduce your risk of more severe complications and the need for more complex treatments in the future.
What Can I Expect from My Dental Exam?
If visiting our Spring or Conroe locations for the first time, our friendly dentists take the time to get to know you as an individual first, and then your smile. As seasoned dental professionals, we understand how dental care can be intimidating, especially in a new environment. We conduct detailed conversations and encourage you to voice your concerns, questions, and goals about your treatment.
Once both you and our team feel that we’ve established a good rapport, we’ll take a series of digital x-rays of your teeth, gums, jaw, as well as your face and neck to ensure no underlying issues have been overlooked. Our dentists will also evaluate your current oral and medical health history to gain a full understanding of the background of your smile and overall wellness.
We often conclude your appointment with a gentle cleaning, making sure every area of your smile is properly cleaned and polished, so you leave our office feeling great and confident.
What Will My Dental Exam Involve?
During your routine examination, our experienced dentists utilize intraoral cameras to educate you on our finding in real time as we thoroughly check:
Teeth - looking for signs of decay, wear, damage, and abscesses.
Gums - for any signs of infection or disease. This includes detecting traces of inflammation, receding gums, sores, and cysts. Dr. Buc Lui uses innovative tools for measuring gum-tissue pockets that could be forming due to periodontal disease.
Tooth Roots & Jawbone Heath - to gain full knowledge of the current state of your jawbone strength and volume just below the gumline. Our digital x-ray technology provides us with precise pictures of the environment of your tooth roots, nerves, and bones.
Jawbone Joints & Chewing Capabilities - say a lot about the state of your oral health and dental function. In addition to examining teeth and gums, we’ll also take a detailed look at jaw placement when your teeth meet and how your jaw muscles move as you chew, speak, and smile.
Neck - checking for swollen lymph nodes can reveal possible cysts, diseases, and signs of cancer. This helps us take immediate action to get you back to optimal health once more.
Smile Appeal - is evaluated for more obvious clues of possible issues in your smile. Dental staining, chips, cracks, and wear can let us know that there are things going on in your smile that typically need further examination.
What if You Find a Problem in My Smile?
Once an issue is detected, our next step is to determine the most effective course of action for your needs. Your treatment for achieving a healthier smile will depend on the type of complication and the level of severity.
Often, professional cleanings and a more positive lifestyle can be just what you need to rectify the situation. However, when the issue involves active gum disease or tooth loss, your situation will require a long-term solution, such as deep cleanings and dental lasers for eliminating gum disease, or dental implants, a bridge, or dentures to restore lost teeth.
Why Do I Need a Dental Cleaning Every Six Months?
Dental cleanings performed by a professional are vital for removing buildup, or plaque, from the surfaces of your teeth. If left unaddressed, this sticky-white film develops into tartar, which cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. Tartar is hardened plaque that carries acids that begin to eat away at your enamel, causing cavities and decay.
Without dental cleanings, not only are you at a higher risk for developing cavities, plaque can accumulate to a degree that inflames and irritates your gums as it collects underneath and along the gum line. This gum inflammation is the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis.
When caught in its beginning stages, gum disease is reversible. If left to progress, it develops into periodontitis, the most harmful and advanced form of periodontal disease. To properly treat serious phases of gum disease, we’ll need to perform extensive deep cleanings and possible surgery, such as removing infected gum tissue with our dental laser.
Do I Still Need Scheduled Dental Cleanings if I Brush and Floss Every day?
Absolutely! While it’s great that you’re brushing and flossing every day, at-home oral hygiene can’t always reach the areas of your smile that also need attention. Professional cleanings use special tools that remove stubborn plaque buildup and tartar, significantly increasing your chances of maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile.
How Can I Protect My Smile Between Dental Visits?
While a healthy smile is not achieved magically overnight, that doesn’t mean taking care of your smile should fall by the wayside. No matter the current issues or frustrations you’re experiencing regarding your oral health, we are always here to help provide you the advice and tools you need to achieve strong teeth and healthy gums.
Here are seven helpful tips from our experts that you can do every day to improve your smile:
- Brush twice daily
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Floss after every meal once a day
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit alcohol & quit smoking
- Choose a vitamin and mineral-rich diet
- Visit our team every six months for professional care
Protect and Preserve Your Smile Today!
At Everest Dental, Andy Loc Bui, DDS and his team genuinely enjoy helping you and your loved ones achieve lasting oral and overall wellness with preventive dentistry services. Feel free to contact our Spring or Conroe locations to schedule your professional dental cleaning and examination today!
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