Preventive Dentistry: Your Path to a Problem-Free Smile
Your time is important, and the last thing you want to do is have to spend any of it fixing a dental issue that could have easily been prevented. Prevention is a huge part of our practice because it not only helps you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile, but it also saves you and your family from having to get more invasive and expensive procedures in the future. With just two preventive appointments each year, we can give everyone in your family the kind of smile that they only think about when it’s time to show it off.
Checkups & Cleanings
These are two of the main tools we use to stop many dental problems before they even start. These treatments are simple, painless, and they’ll go a long way in protecting your teeth for years to come!
Most of the time, a standard visit will start with a dental cleaning. For this, one of our excellent hygienists will use sophisticated tools to break up and clear away plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. This treatment is able to reach those areas in your mouth that you simply can’t with your brush and floss, so even if you take care of your teeth every day at home, these cleanings are still very important!
Then, Dr. Lee will perform a comprehensive oral exam where she’ll look for the early signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and more. With regular checkups, she’ll be able to catch these issues while they are still easy to treat before they can really affect your oral health. Based on what she observes, she’ll formulate a treatment plan that will perfectly meet your individual dental needs.
Do you have a child at home who is still learning to brush their teeth? If so, it’s likely that they aren’t effectively cleaning their back teeth simply because they can be difficult for them to reach. This is why the molars and premolars are so often a source of cavities and tooth decay for younger patients.
To give them a little bit of extra protection, we can apply something called a dental sealant to their teeth. It is a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance, and it will do a fantastic job of protecting these vulnerable teeth from the accumulation of plaque and food particles.
Do you ever get a stiff or sore jaw? Are headaches an everyday thing for you? If so, either one could easily stem from a strained or injured TMJ or temporomandibular joint. This is the small set of hinges on your jaw that allows it to move freely whenever you speak or eat. Like other joints in your body, it can sometimes become misaligned or damaged, and this can lead to a wide variety of dental and overall health problems. This is why Dr. Lee will always examine the health of your TMJ during your regular checkup, and if she spots an issue, she can provide effective treatment almost immediately.
Mouthguards / Sportsguards
Did you know that 40% of all sports injuries are actually dental injuries? The percentage is even higher for children! To protect your family’s smiles whenever they’re playing their favorite sports, we recommend that everyone should always wear a mouthguard.
We can actually make everyone a customized mouthguard right here in our office, and they’ll be much more comfortable and do a significantly better job of defending your family’s smiles than anything you can just pick up off of store shelves. We can even make them in your family’s favorite colors!
Oral Cancer Screening
This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and many of them will not survive the next 5 years because the disease wasn’t caught until it was quite advanced. To make sure this never happens to you or a loved one, Dr. Lee will always perform an oral cancer screening as part of a regular checkup. She’ll do a visual exam of the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, and neck for any signs of the disease, and then she’ll use a specialized light that can show abnormalities in the tissue that would normally be hidden to the naked eye. If she finds anything that causes concern, she can advise on what action to take next.
We love seeing children here at Serene Family Dental! We understand that your littlest smile needs a special kind of dental care that includes patience and a gentle touch, and that’s exactly what they’ll get whenever they come to see us. We’ll clean their teeth, monitor how they are growing, and help teach them why taking care of their smile is so important. When it comes to your child’s oral health, you can consider everyone in our office a partner.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is the most common dental problem in the entire world, and even more surprising, it’s actually the leading cause of tooth loss as well! Plus, there is an ever increasing amount of research that shows that gum disease is a common risk factor for other serious health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia!
This is why Dr. Lee and our team will always keep an eye on the state of your gums during your regular checkups. If we see any indication that you have the infection, we can quickly utilize an array of effective and painless treatments that will have your smile looking and feeling better than ever.
If you have red, swollen, or puffy gums that bleed whenever you brush your teeth, you may already have gum disease. Be sure to contact us soon for treatment, because most of the time, you simply can’t take care of it at home!
If you or a family member suddenly experience a dental emergency (such as a knocked out or damaged tooth), what should you do? What is the quickest way to get help?
While many might be tempted to call 911, the best thing to do in this kind of situation is actually to call Serene Family Dental. Our practice simply has the personnel, the training, and the equipment to provide urgent dental care that you just can’t get at most emergency rooms/clinics.
When you call us with your dental emergency, we’ll make an appointment to see you as soon as possible (even the same day!), and our team will walk you through basic first-aid over the phone. Once you reach our office, you won’t wait, we’ll bring you straight back to a treatment room so that we can get to work saving your smile.
The main point of these services is to ensure that our patients never have to worry about their teeth whenever they want to eat, speak, laugh, or smile. We’re here to give you peace of mind as well as optimal dental health, and that’s certainly worth two easy appointments each year!
To come get your worry-free smile, please contact our office today for an appointment. We proudly serve McKinney, as well as families from Stonebridge Ranch, Prosper, and New Hope!