Preventive Dentistry in Springfield, MO
When it comes to caring for your oral health, preventing problems from happening in the first place is key. With twice-annual visits to White Smiles Family Dental, we can stay on top of your oral health, detecting problems while they are still small and easy to treat.
The Importance of Patient Education
Patient education matters to our practice because we know that an educated patient is one who tends to take better care of their oral health. Our entire team is happy to take the time needed during your appointment to answer questions you might have about caring for your teeth. When treatment is recommended, we want to ensure that you feel entirely comfortable with it.
Comprehensive Dental Cleaning
There is nothing like a dental cleaning to make your mouth feel incredibly fresh and clean. A thorough dental cleaning from one of our hygienists means teeth not only feel great but they look great because cleaning eliminates some of the surface stains from teeth.
During a dental cleaning you can expect:
- Removal of calculus and plaque
- Polish and removal of stains
- Thorough flossing
- Education on products you can use at home to help keep teeth clean between appointments
Our hygienist will also check your gums to ensure there is no sign of gum disease. If the need for periodontal treatment arises, we will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that can help restore the health of your gums. The earlier we detect periodontal disease, the more likely we can reverse it.
Although some patients report bleeding when they brush and floss—an early sign of gum disease—many patients have no symptoms at all. The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is by visiting your dentist regularly.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Most people don’t realize that many dental emergencies can be prevented by visiting the dentist regularly. All too often, people skip regular check-ups because they aren’t experiencing any pain or other issues. What this can mean, however, is that a small cavity that we could solve with a simple dental filling grows into a painful toothache that might need an emergency root canal.
Oral Cancer Screening
The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that nearly 10,000 people die each year from oral cancer because it is often not discovered until it is in its latest stages. Your dentist is likely the only healthcare professional who examines your mouth for any abnormalities. When you see us twice each year for examinations, we routinely check your mouth for signs of this disease. With early detection, oral cancer is highly treatable.
Stay On Top of Your Oral Health
Don’t leave your oral health to chance. Schedule regular cleanings and examinations with White Smiles Family Dental. We look forward to making sure your smile is beautiful as well as healthy.