Preventive Dentistry Cedar Park, Texas
Preventing your family's teeth from having pain or other issues is important to you, and it is also important to us here at Advanced Family Dentist. We want to ensure that your mouth is well cared for, no matter what age you are. We start by helping children prevent problems in their mouths, and we continue this work for the entire family. If you want to learn how to prevent issues with the smiles in your family, come in and see us. We will help teach you what you need to know.
Taking Care of Kids Starts YoungWe start off by caring for children as young as three years old, and we begin simply by doing an initial exam and if the child is relaxed enough, we do a gentle cleaning. This gets them used to their mouths being manipulated, and it allows them to see that going to the dentist is good. The better relationship we can have with them for a young age, the more likely they are to come in at regular intervals their entire lives, and the more issues we will be able to help prevent.
During the time that we are working with the child, we are also helping to educate the parents on the best things that can be done to help keep their child’s mouth healthy. We examine their mouth for early issues that can be dealt with as teeth erupt, ideally preventing the need for braces down the line. We also apply sealants to children’s teeth, which is a film that is painted on their teeth to protect the grooves and crevices in each tooth. This film keeps debris out of the teeth and helps to prevent cavities down the line. We also do fluoride treatments to keep the teeth protected from decay.
As teenagers, we do the same basic things, but we also add in keeping an eye on crowding as adult teeth are shifting into place. This can lead to a need for orthodontics. We also watch as wisdom teeth erupt to make sure that they are not causing damage to your child’s mouth. If these teeth begin to pose a threat to the health or wellbeing of your child’s mouth, we can put you in contact with the oral surgeon we have on staff to plan the best method for extraction. We can also help provide your teenager with a customized mouthguard should your child play sports, to help to protect his or her teeth.
We Also Help Provide Preventative Care for AdultsAs adults, it can be easy to miss a dental visit now and again, but those little missed appointments can wreak havoc on your teeth. We make sure to do what we can to help remind you to come in for your necessary appointments for procedures like cleanings, x-rays, and oral cancer screenings. However, ultimately, it is up to you to help prevent other issues. We can help prevent issues with gum disease if you come in and see us every six months, and if we do notice an issue, we can have you come in a bit more regularly (every 3-4 months instead) to treat your gum disease to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
To prevent gum disease from progressing further, we can do a scaling and root planing, which is basically a deep cleaning that extends up under your gums to make sure the roots of your teeth are free of plaque and tartar. This can be slightly uncomfortable, so we make sure that pain relieving measures are available for you. Typically, only a little topical or local anesthetic is necessary to be able to make the procedure comfortable.
We also help to prevent oral cancer by screening your mouth for early signs of it each time you come in for a regular cleaning. We look for anything that is out of the ordinary in and around your mouth and let you know if we find anything. If we find anything that looks slightly off, we can then take the next step and do a biopsy to ensure that nothing is going on in your mouth that shouldn’t be. If you do have early signs of cancer, we can help get your treatment started earlier to prevent it from growing, getting worse, or spreading.
If you need to find a dentist that is going to help prevent issues from developing inside your mouth, then come in and see us. We are always welcoming new patients, and will help to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.