Harris County Preventive Dentistry
Keeping smiles whole and healthy for life is much simpler than repairing teeth after damage occurs, and that’s why we make preventive dentistry checkups every six months part of our ongoing care plan for patients of all ages. With regular preventive dental care, the Hamilton Family Dentistry team partners with patients to achieve and maintain the optimal state of oral health, keeping a whole, healthy, beautiful smile for life. We welcome patients from Hamilton, Waverly Hall, and other nearby locations to contact our team to schedule a checkup today!
Checkups & Cleanings
Apart from daily brushing and flossing, the most essential part of any oral health plan are twice a year checkups and teeth cleanings. During every six month checkup, we carefully evaluate patients’ smiles both visually and using our state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including digital x-rays and intraoral photos. Next, our skilled hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar from even the most difficult to access parts of teeth to prevent build up leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Your hygienist may also take time to review your at-home hygiene routine, and walk you through any areas where you may want to focus your attentions. Finally, the doctor sits down with you to review the findings of our evaluation, diagnostics, and cleaning, answer questions you may have, and partner with you to develop a plan for ongoing dental care.
Adult patients who are prone to tooth decay and kids who are just learning to brush and floss may need an added boost for their oral hygiene routine. For these patients, we may recommend dental sealants. This preventive service can be quickly completed during any dental checkup, and with proper care, sealants last for as long as ten years. Sealants are thin, clear coatings of plastic that fill in the deep pits and grooves in teeth that are most prone to plaque buildup and decay. Once they’re hardened into place, they are completely invisible, but they are constantly at work protecting teeth.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, often goes undiagnosed and untreated because most patients only experience this detrimental dental habit during sleep. However, this unconscious grinding and clenching may lead to a number of oral health issues like dental wear, chips, and cracks. We offer a simple, comfortable solution to protect smiles and allow patients to sleep soundly – nightguards. Custom crafted to fit snugly against teeth, these oral appliances prevent one row of teeth from damaging their opposing arch.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) occurs when the tiny joints connecting the jaw and skull bone become damaged or strained. When this happens, the result is painful or limited mobility of the jaw, which can significantly interfere with everyday activities like speaking and chewing. Treating TMD depends largely on the underlying cause of TMJ dysfunction. Once we determine the cause, we’ll work to adjust the bite and jaw to work with the least resistance, and may include any number of treatments including occlusal splints, orthodontics, and surgical correction.
Oral Cancer Screening
While many patients assume oral cancer only afflicts those people who use tobacco products, this is sadly not the case. Smoking and chewing tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, and other behaviors increase patients’ risk for oral cancer, but about 25% of those diagnosed each year do not engage in any of the behaviors considered to be high risk. That’s why oral cancer screenings are an integral part of dental checkups at our practice. This quick, painless analysis may just protect patients form a painful and potentially deadly disease.
Fluoride is essential to the development and maintenance of strong, healthy tooth enamel. While teeth develop, the fluoride ingested in tap water and certain foods or taken as a supplement allows our bodies to produce healthy teeth. However, once teeth erupt from the gums, topical fluoride is necessary to continue to fortify smiles. Most patients receive adequate levels of fluoride from their toothpastes and mouth rinses, but in some cases, professional fluoride treatments are necessary to keep teeth strong, healthy, and free from decay.