Oak Cliff Preventive Dentistry Services
Keeping teeth whole and healthy for life is the main goal of the team at Hampton Dental. Our Oak Cliff, TX dental office offers a wide variety of preventive treatments to protect and fortify smiles. We’re happy to help patients achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral health. We invite patients from Oak Cliff, Irving, and other nearby communities to contact our trusted dentist and team to find out more or schedule an appointment at Hampton Dental today.
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings are the foundation of any preventive dentistry plan. At Hampton Dental, we recommend patients visit our practice every six months to prevent the most common oral health concerns and allow our team to diagnose and treat dental flaws in their earliest stages for conservative treatment. Each checkup is made of four main parts:
- Diagnostics – we offer diagnostics using the most advanced dental technologies including digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras
- Evaluations – our team performs an extensive examination for signs of common oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ dysfunction, and oral cancer
- Cleanings – during cleaning we remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from surfaces of teeth and thereby remove source of infection
- Consultations – possibly the most important part of every visit is the face to face consultation with Dr. Peramala during which she’s happy to answer questions, make treatment recommendations, and help patients develop a unique treatment plan
Patients who participate in sports should protect their smiles by wearing a custom crafted athletic mouthguard during any game or match. While most patients know it’s a good idea to wear a sportsguard to protect their smile during contact sports like football and hockey, there are a number of athletics patients may not realize put their smiles at risk for damage including cycling, swimming, and tennis. Unlike store bought mouthguards, our custom crafted sportsguards are more comfortable increasing the odds patients will consistently wear the protective oral appliances.
Fluoride is a mineral integral to fortifying tooth enamel. Regularly ingesting foods naturally higher in fluoride like eggs and vegetables and drinking fluoridated water are essential to helping children develop strong, healthy primary and adult teeth. Once we have our full set of permanent teeth, fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses are essential because topically applying fluoride is the only way to enhance enamel strength. Ingested fluoride only provides strength to developing teeth, so once teeth are in place (either permanent or primary), topical fluoride treatments at our Oak Cliff dental practice attract strengthening minerals to teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal( gum) disease affects more than 50% of US adults over 30, and that number jumps to 75% at age 35. Twice a year professional teeth cleanings combined with daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent periodontal disease. For those patients who experience mild gum disease, gingivitis, more frequent cleanings and improved at home care are typically adequate to reverse damage. In the more advanced stage, periodontitis, patients may need scaling, root planing, or topical antibiotic therapy.
Arestin is an antibiotic that can be placed in the pockets above and below your gumline. This may happen at the time of SRP or at a follow-up visit. Some patients may also receive Arestin during routine periodontal maintenance. Bacteria is the cause of gum disease and Arestin along with Scaling and root planning helps to kill the bacteria at the root of the problem.