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Preventive Dentistry – Lawrence, KS

Maintaining Great
Oral Health

Preventive dental care carries over from the dental office into your daily oral hygiene. In addition to biannual visits to your dentist, your daily dental hygiene should include brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Maintaining a balanced diet is also a helpful contribution to your oral health.

These preventive measures help lessen the chance of developing cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, enamel loss, and other dental problems. Visiting us for preventive dentistry in Lawrence, KS can also reduce the risk of more significant health problems that have been linked to poor oral health. For instance, oral hygiene can play a role in minimizing the risks of heart disease, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

Dentist examining dental patient during preventive dentistry visit

Why Choose Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence for Preventive Dentistry?

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Man smiling after a dental checkup

Not only does good oral hygiene keep your teeth clean and healthy, but it is also essential to your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental problems. In addition, it can exacerbate more serious medical problems, including gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. As a result, dentists and hygienists recommend teeth be cleaned professionally twice a year. A professional dental cleaning removes dental plaque and tartar and helps to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. The average dental cleaning is a routine procedure that takes about an hour.

Oral Cancer Screening

Woman receiving oral cancer screening

As you can probably guess, it’s easier to successfully treat oral cancer if it’s caught as early as possible. Sadly, it can be harder than you might think to recognize the warning signs without a trained eye. Our team performs an oral cancer screening as a regular part of every checkup. The treatment involves looking for suspicious lumps, sores, or discolored patches in the mouth as well as the lips and throat. We can help you seek follow-up care if needed.

Fluoride Treatment

Patient receiving fluoride treatment

Regular exposure to fluoride is known to promote stronger teeth that resist decay. That’s why the mineral has been added to most community water sources and toothpaste. We can give you even further fluoride protection during a regular checkup. In just a minute, we can painlessly apply a concentrated form of fluoride to your teeth. This lowers the risk of developing a cavity before your next appointment. Note that it may take a while for the fluoride to completely set in, so you may have to avoid eating for a while after your appointment.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Man placing nightguard for bruxism

If your teeth look like they’ve been worn down flat, it could be that you’re grinding them together every night. This is called bruxism, and it puts more strain on the teeth than regular chewing and biting; if it continues, your teeth may become badly fractured. You can wear an oral appliance called a nightguard to bed every night to keep the top and bottom rows of teeth separated while you sleep. Our oral appliances are all custom designed; yours will be made to fit your unique smile alone.

At-Home Dental Hygiene Products

Man flossing his teeth

During your visit, we encourage you to talk about your oral care habits so that we can help you identify areas where you can improve. This includes the kind of products you use to brush and floss. When it comes to toothpaste, we rely on Crest. You can count on our experts to help you pick the perfect products that will keep you smiling.

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