Preventive dentistry makes up the foundation of quality dentistry – after all, isn’t it much easier to stop a problem before it starts? At Addison Family Dentistry, we want to help patients of all ages maintain their best smiles through dedicated professional checkups, revitalizing cleanings, custom-made nightguards, and other likeminded services that help minimize the risk of damage and decay over the years. If it’s been more than six months since your last dentist’s appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today in Addison, TX and set up a time to visit.
When you want a smile that lasts for life, it’s incredibly important that you dedicate time to professional checkups and cleanings. We always encourage patients to maintain these visits over the years for this very reason. When you meet with Dr. De Vincenzo or Dr. Saremi, they’ll perform a detailed screening that examines your natural tooth structures, gum tissue, current restorations and bite. They’ll also make sure to point out any symptoms of dental issues that require treatment. Afterward, you’ll meet with our experienced hygienist, who performs a detailed cleaning to remove harmful bacteria. This includes plaque and tartar, leaving only your natural smile behind.
While it may be surprising, 25 percent of oral cancer cases occurred in participating patients who had zero known risk factors. That means even if they didn’t heavily drink alcohol or use tobacco, they still developed the condition. It’s so important that oral cancer is caught early, which is why we offer screenings during your routine checkups. During these appointments, our dentists will perform a full examination of your oral tissue and focus specifically on the symptoms related to cancerous cells, suspicious sores, or discolored tissue. To confirm any suspicions as well as the presence of cancer, a biopsy can be set up for your convenience.
Fluoride supplements may be associated with younger patients, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t benefit from them as well. This valuable mineral is responsible for reducing your overall risk for tooth decay, strengthening enamel through remineralization, and is even an ideal option for those suffering from gum recession and/or teeth sensitivity. If you are at higher risk of cavities due to a genetic predisposition, you’ll find treatment to be quite beneficial. Application only takes a few minutes and is usually performed following your cleaning.
Waking up with jaw pain every morning is not normal. If this happens to you, it might be time to start considering nightguards for bruxism. This habit, which is characterized by teeth grinding and clenching while you sleep, can affect patients of all ages. Because it happens unconsciously, it can be very difficult to recognize that you have it on your own. Without treatment, your enamel will only continue to break down and can even cause a dental emergency. Addison Family Dentistry performs routine checkups to confirm the presence of bruxism and creates custom-made nightguards to protect your smile throughout the night. This appliance is very durable and establishes a barrier to prevent harmful contact.
It’s obvious that professional cleanings and checkups are necessary, but so is at-home care in between these visits. The products you use are just as important as the way you brush and floss, which is why we’re more than happy to help you find the right toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and other oral care products that meet your specific needs. We always recommend the most high-quality brands we can to our patients, including Sensodyne and Colgate.