Preventative Dental Care in Murphy

Preventative Dentistry in Murphy, TX

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Protective Treatment At Parkside Dental

Preventative options in Murphy, TX

Remove plaque and tartar buildup from around the gum line

Eliminate surface stains to reduce tooth discoloration

Prevent serious oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease

Early detection of problems enables us to treat and reverse oral health problems

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visit the dentist at least once every 6 months for routine cleanings and checkups. This is the minimum frequency you should go to the dentist.

Patients with certain medical conditions that are prone to oral health problems like cavities and gum disease may need routine checkups every 3 months. Aside from routine visits, you should go to the dentist any time you have symptoms of an oral health problem, such as tooth pain, sensitivity, bleeding gums, or an abscess.

Why Is Preventative Care Important?

Preventative dental care is a barrier between you and serious oral health problems. Tooth decay and gum disease are completely preventable conditions that are caused by inadequate oral hygiene and plaque buildup.

By removing plaque and tartar buildup, strengthening your enamel with fluoride, and scrubbing away food particles and bacteria that are stuck between the teeth, we stop oral health problems in their tracks.

Checkups enable us to detect present oral health problems early enough to reverse them and preserve the health of your teeth and gums. When these issues go undetected, they become worse and will necessitate more invasive treatment. They can even cause tooth loss.

By getting regular checkups and cleanings, you save money and time on treating problems once they appear. Our job as Murphy dentists is to give you the tools to prevent them from happening in the first place.

If you need preventative dental care in Murphy, contact us at Parkside Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Larsen.

What Common Issues Can Preventive Care Help Me Avoid?

Cavities - Cavities are holes that form in your teeth as a result of enamel erosion. This erosion is caused by acid attacks that are produced by bacteria in the mouth which convert left-behind sugars in the mouth into acids. By mineralizing the teeth, fluoride treatments can protect your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria and acids. During cleanings, we scrape away plaque buildup that contains the bacteria that feed off of food particles.

Tooth Infections
- When tooth decay is left untreated, it penetrates below the enamel layer of the tooth and progresses until it reaches the inside layer of dental pulp. This is where your tooth’s nerves are contained. Tooth decay and dental trauma can cause inflammation of the pulp, causing an infection that can be very painful. This will require an invasive treatment known as a root canal to treat the infection or an extraction if the tooth can’t be saved.

Gum Disease - When you fail to adequately brush and floss, plaque builds up around your gum line. When this isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar, which causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, where it is still reversible. Left untreated, however, it will progress into irreversible periodontitis. At this point, you’re dealing with loose teeth and severe gum recession that can cause teeth to fall out. Removing plaque and tartar buildup during cleanings can prevent gum disease and even reverse it in the early stages.

Discoloration - Tooth discoloration can be a result of excessive tooth stains that have built up over time or it can be a result of plaque buildup which is a yellow sticky film that forms around your teeth and gums. Cleanings not only clean your teeth, but they can also remove surface stains to reveal whiter and brighter teeth.

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