Preventive Dental Care in Houston
Houston Uptown Dentists offers a number of dental care services that transform smiles, but our top priority is ensuring patients achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health. Preventive dentistry is about more than teeth cleanings and checkups. It’s about helping patients preserve healthy, natural smiles for a lifetime. In the past, people assumed that tooth loss and oral health deterioration were a natural part of aging, but with advances in professional dentistry and at-home hygiene, more patients than ever are able to keep smiling beautifully every day at every age. Twice a year dental checkups are the first step toward a lifetime of healthy smiles, and we hope you’ll trust Houston Uptown Dentists with yours.
Dental Checkups & Professional Cleanings
Our dental checkups and professional cleanings go beyond the basic offering patients truly comprehensive dental care to help them achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health. Each checkup and cleaning appointment includes four parts:
- Diagnostics – we utilize state-of-the-art high definition digital radiography in order to gain a full view of patients’ smiles from the inside out reviewing existing restorations, bite alignment, and potential oral health concerns.
- Examinations & Screenings – following x-rays, we examine patients’ smiles looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), TMJ dysfunction, and oral cancer.
- Professional Teeth Cleanings – following diagnostics and visual examination, our dentists or skilled hygienists carefully remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of teeth. During your professional cleaning, we’re happy to offer at-home care recommendations, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments. The goal of professional cleaning is to help patients keep their smiles bright between appointments.
- Consultations – finally, we’ll meet one on one with each patient to discuss their current dental health, and develop a treatment plan unique to their smile goals. The consultation visit gives us the opportunity to answer our patients’ questions, address concerns, plan for future care, and make recommendations. In short, this is the time we get the opportunity to build lasting relationships with our patients.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism, commonly referred to as teeth grinding, affects millions of people in the US. While the unconscious grinding and clenching of teeth may not seem like a huge issue, this habit leads to dental wear, chips, and jaw muscle strain over time. Because most patients experience bruxism during sleep, it’s difficult to change the behavior, but with oral appliance therapy at our Houston office, we protect patients’ smiles from potential damage. Nightguards create a barrier between teeth protecting them from the potential damage of bruxism.
BPA-Free Dental Sealants
Our practice strongly advocates sealants for both adults and children. A sealant is a plastic material that fills in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent future decay. Most cavities form in the pits and grooves of teeth in the back of your mouth. Sealants serve as a barrier protecting posterior teeth from decay. Our sealants do not contain the chemical BPA (Bisphenol-A) that the FDA has advised may be harmful to children. Our hygienists and dentists place sealants without the use of anesthetic or drilling. Properly placed and maintained sealants prevent tooth decay for ten or more years.
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Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have questions or concerns or you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Houston Uptown Dentists.