January 15, 2014
At Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX preventive care is an elemental part of what we offer. After all, everyone needs it. From the moment we get our baby teeth as children we’re vulnerable to the most common of oral health problems. With preventive dental care, the goal is to diagnose and treat these common problems as soon as possible so they don’t become serious.
A preventive dental visit has two important components. The first is a cleaning. With a cleaning, we have a chance to clean and polish your teeth to remove bacteria and plaque—the two ingredients behind problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing at home can help you control these, but even the best home-care routine isn’t enough to keep the mouth as clean as it needs to be.
A preventive dental visit will also include an oral exam by Dr. Michael Ryan or Dr. Laura Ryan. During every oral exam, Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan will perform a tooth-by-tooth exam to look for the most common oral health problems. They’ll also look for signs of TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding, and oral cancer. If anything is found during your exam, our Allen dental team can start putting together a treatment plan for you right away.
A regular visit will also include advice from our team on how to care for your teeth between visits. We recommend that patients brush at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal. We also recommend flossing at least once a day and using a good mouthwash. An antibacterial mouthwash will help you reduce the presence of bacteria in your mouth while a fluoride-based mouthwash will strengthen the protective enamel on your teeth.
Is it time for your next preventive dental visit? For optimal oral health, you should see a dentist and oral hygienist twice a year. Call Ryan Dental Group today to schedule your first appointment for 2014. We serve patients from Allen, Parker, Lucas, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and beyond.