Preventive Dentistry

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At Prosper Family Dentistry, we believe the most important part of our job is to keep your teeth and gums healthy, so that you can keep them for a lifetime. The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to prevent dental disease. We offer the following preventive services to keep your entire family smiling!

Routine Check-Ups

You should have your teeth examined by a dentist at least every 6 months. At this visit, our doctors will complete an oral cancer screening, checks the overall health of your jaw joint, screens for periodontal disease and checks for tooth decay.

Cleanings

Depending on your dental history, our doctors and your hygienist will determine a regular cleaning schedule to fit your needs. This interval is usually 6 months, but our doctors may recommend a cleaning every 3-4 mo if you have a history of periodontal disease.

Sealants

A sealant is a “plastic-like” protective coating that is placed in the grooves of back teeth to prevent dental decay. Sealants are usually placed around the ages of 6 and 12 years. These ages coordinate with the typical time of eruption of the permanent first and second molars.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride helps prevent dental decay. Our doctors recommend that children receive a topical fluoride treatment every 6 months, and that adults receive fluoride treatments at least once a year. Fluoride strengthens teeth during formation and can stop the spread of new cavities after teeth have formed. Fluoride is also beneficial for adults because it helps prevent root decay which can occur as the gums recede from age or from overzealous brushing habits. For more information about fluoride, please visit CLICK HERE.

Athletic Mouthguards

It is important for all athletes no matter how young, how old or what sport, to protect their teeth, gums and jaws during sporting activities. The best way to protect an athlete’s mouth is to have a custom mouthguard fabricated by a dentist. A custom mouthguard is made from a model of the athlete’s mouth and will fit closely to the teeth and gums. Custom mouthguards have been shown to decrease the severity of a concussion and significantly decrease the incidence of dental trauma. Children from ages 6-9 are especially at risk for trauma to the front teeth during athletics because during this time their front teeth tend to protrude. Custom mouthguards can be made in a variety of colors and can be adapted to the specific needs of each sport and position played. For more information on custom mouthguards and dental trauma, please visit: http://www.sportsdentistry-asd.org/

Nightguards

Nightguards, or occlusal guards, may be recommended for patients who have a history of clenching or grinding their teeth during the day or night. Our doctors will determine if you need an occlusal guard by checking the health of your jaw joint, looking for wear on your teeth and asking a few questions about your dental history. Although occlusal guards do not stop the habits of clenching and grinding, they protect your teeth from any further damage. There are many different types of occlusal guards available and our staff will determine which type is right for you.

Patient Education

The Prosper Family Dentistry team feels that it is their job to educate you so that you can make the best decisions when it comes to your dental health. At each check-up our doctors will educate you about any current or future needs you may have to help you make the best decision possible. This will include a risk assessment so that you can be informed of and educated on your specific areas of risk, as well as what preventive measures would be most beneficial for you. We will always provide options about your care so that you can decide what is right for you, and we always welcome your questions!