Preventive Dentistry

preventivePreventing Oral Health Problems

Some patients only seek out dental care if they experience a problem, such as a toothache or bleeding gums. Often, by the time they visit our office, their problems require extensive, costly treatment. If you avoid regular checkups and cleanings because of the time and expense involved, you will end up paying more in the long run. While some patients do develop dental problems even with regular checkups and cleanings, preventive care does lower the risk of oral health issues. Investing in your future oral health is always a wise choice, and Viva Dental is here to help with checkups, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

Regular Checkups and Cleanings

Seeing Dr. Truong or Dr. Ngo every six months for a checkup ensures that cavities, periodontal disease, or other dental issues are caught in the beginning stages. Early detection helps us treat problems promptly and conservatively. Regular dental cleanings do more than just make your mouth feel fresh and clean. Removing plaque and tartar, as well as polishing your teeth for a smooth surface, helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease by making tooth surfaces inhospitable to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria.

Sealants and Fluoride for Protection Against Cavities

Some patients are more likely to develop cavities than others, even with regular dental visits. Children who are still learning how to clean their teeth may miss a few spots along the way. Likewise, adults with limited mobility may have trouble brushing and flossing thoroughly. Also, certain medical conditions and prescription drugs may cause some patients to develop xerostomia, or dry mouth. This condition, characterized by a lack of saliva, can increase your risk of cavities. For patients at a high risk of tooth decay, Dr. Truong offers fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel, and sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of molars.

Preventive Care Services

Viva Dental invites you to explore our website to learn more about the preventive dentistry we offer in our Dallas and Richardson offices.

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