Dr. Ryan J. Thompson in the McKinney, TX area regularly works to help patients understand the benefits of preventive dental care. With good at-home habits and routine visits to the dental office, many patients can avoid developing cavities and gum disease. The prevention of dental caries requires patients to have a proactive approach to their oral health and wellness, and our team at Thompson Dental can help with a wide range of preventive services.
What is the goal of preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is any service that is performed to ensure patients reduce their risk of developing cavities. It includes:
- Routine prophylaxis, or “dental cleanings.”
- Regular evaluations
- Routine dental x-rays
- Good oral health habits at home (brushing and flossing)
- Filling cavities as soon as they are detected
- Protecting the smile from clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Realigning the dental arch for proper bite alignment with orthodontic treatments
Our team of professionals takes the time to educate patients on the importance of visiting the dentist regularly and inform them of the steps they can take to prevent dental caries. Patients who take good care of their smiles may also enjoy the benefits of avoiding adverse situations such as periodontal disease, which can cause the loss of bone, gum tissue, and even natural adult teeth. Repairing these problems costs both time and money, while prevention can eliminate their development.
What can I expect during my routine six-month appointment at Thompson Dental?
During routine visits, our dental team will assess the patient’s smile and determine any signs of problems such as cavities or diseases. Precise cleaning of the teeth and gums is performed, and x-rays may be taken to get an idea of the smile’s health underneath the gum line. If there are any concerns, they might be addressed during the same visit if time allows.
Schedule a visit today!
Dr. Ryan J. Thompson invites you to book an appointment at the office to learn about preventive dental care services available for yourself or your family. Call (972) 366-7743 to request a visit at the office, conveniently located at 1550 S. Custer Road, Suite #100. New and established patients and families are welcome at Thompson Dental.