Keeping your oral health in line is our passion at Flower Mound Dental! We keep your teeth in shape by giving you regular dental cleanings and checkups. We also provide comprehensive dental services to new and existing patients in Flower Mouth, Texas. The preservation of your smile will be taken on by one of our beloved dental hygienists and one of our talented dentists.
A preventive dental program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and support structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. General dentistry and preventive care are the foundation of our practice and the key to a lifetime of oral health and wellness.
General Dentistry in Flower Mound, TX
Our general dental services are designed to help you maintain a healthy, happy smile. Preventative dental care helps you avoid potentially serious dental complications in the future.
Dental radiographs are preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. We use digital X-rays to minimize your radiation exposure. Dental X-rays are typically performed annually to monitor your oral health.
Dental lasers can be used for various general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. Treatment with laser dentistry is often quicker and less painful than traditional methods.
Dental emergencies are urgent dental issues that need immediate intervention to alleviate severe pain and stop ongoing tissue bleeding. Many times, the dentist attempts to save a tooth. These emergencies can arise from sudden trauma to the mouth, acute infections, or an ongoing dental issue exacerbation. Examples include severe toothache, broken or dislodged teeth, oral tissue injuries, and abscesses. For more information on dental emergencies and how we can help you, visit Emergency Dentistry.
Dentists and oral surgeons use sedation dentistry to ensure a patient’s comfort and calmness during dental procedures. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals who experience dental anxiety. If you have a low pain threshold or require extensive dental work, sedation dentistry is for you.
Tooth extraction is a dental procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically necessary when the tooth has severe damage or decay or is beyond repair. The primary goal of tooth extraction is to preserve the health of the surrounding teeth and prevent further oral complications.
The Importance of Preventative Dental Care
Preventative care is the foundation of your smile and our practice. It’s all about maintaining good oral health and preventing you from experiencing more severe dental problems in the future. Diligent preventative care is cheaper and more conservative than extensive dental work in the future. Preventative care is essential when you’re at home and in regular visits to our dentist office.
Your bi-annual office visits and cleanings aren’t enough to ensure your smile is healthy. You have to take care of it at home, too. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. This prevents bacteria and food particles from building up and transforming into plaque and tartar. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to take the best care of your smile.
Dentist visits are essential. While you brush and floss your teeth at home, we have specialized dental tools that can clean hard-to-reach areas. Even if you’re taking good care of your smile at home, you’re at risk for tooth decay and gum disease because there’s still buildup in areas you can’t reach alone.
You don’t only get cleanings during regular appointments. We also perform a thorough exam. Conditions like gum disease and oral cancer have early warning signs that are hard to notice if you don’t know what to look for. Many adults have the early stages of gum disease because the symptoms aren’t painful. Our dental professionals have the training to notice the earliest signs of these oral health conditions.
Even if there’s an issue invisible to the naked eye, our office has advanced dental technology. X-rays and digital imaging can detect decay between teeth or issues below the gumline. Early intervention is always the best for dental treatment. We can use the most conservative treatment options.
Diet and Oral Health
Your diet plays a big part in the health of your smile. Certain nutrients are crucial to keep your mouth healthy, and there are foods you should avoid or limit for your oral health.
Essentials For Oral Health
Calcium and Vitamin D are two of the most important nutrients for your smile. Calcium ensures strong bone structure and tooth enamel, while Vitamin D helps your body absorb it better. Vitamin D can also help prevent gum disease. Dairy products like cheese and milk are good sources of calcium. When you buy these products, look for ones fortified with Vitamin D. The primary way you can get Vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight.
For your gums, Vitamin C and antioxidants keep these healthy. Vitamin C helps collagen production and keeps your gum tissue strong. It also boosts your immunity and helps protect you from harmful bacteria. Foods like citrus fruits, strawberries, and broccoli are all high in Vitamin C. Antioxidants protect against inflammation and infection. Things like aloe vera and green tea contain helpful antioxidants.
Fresh, fibrous fruits and vegetables act like natural toothbrushes for your teeth. They take a lot of chewing to break down. Their fibers help clear bacteria and food particles from your smile when chewing them. Chewing also increases saliva production, which is important for your oral health. Saliva neutralizes acids in the mouth and washes bacteria away. You should drink a lot of water for this same reason.
Things to Avoid
Sugar is something you’ve probably already heard is bad for your smile. Harmful bacteria in your mouth love to feed on sugar. They then release an acidic byproduct that causes tooth decay. The acid starts to eat through the protective layer of tooth enamel, causing a cavity. If it continues to erode, infection can reach the inner parts of your tooth. If infection impacts your dental nerves, it can cause pain and sensitivity.
Try to keep sweets and soda to a minimum. However, it isn’t only sweet snacks with high sugar content. Carbohydrates break down into sugars, making them a problem, too. Things like potato chips, crackers, and pretzels all contain sugars. It’s especially important to avoid snacking all day. The more little snacks you eat, your teeth are exposed to acid throughout the day.
Acid is another thing that can hurt your smile. Acidic foods and drinks weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Highly acidic things include soda, sports drinks, citrus fruits, and vinegar-based products. When eating healthy things like citrus fruits, consume them with a balanced meal.
For both sugary and acidic things, wash your mouth with water immediately. Water helps even out the pH and neutralizes acids. When drinking acidic beverages, try to use a straw whenever possible. This lessens the amount of contact the liquid has with your teeth.
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