In order to keep our families smiling, we recommend they visit our office for dental cleanings and checkups every six months. During these regular office visits, our team members become your oral health care partner. We work with you to achieve and maintain your healthiest possible smile, answer questions you may have, and provide guidance that leads patients to a lifetime of healthy smiles. If it’s been more than six months since your last appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’ll schedule an appointment to help you start down the road to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Checkups & Cleanings
The foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles begins with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings in our office. These six month visits give us the opportunity to assess your current state of oral health, answer all of your questions, and make recommendations for ongoing dental care. Most importantly, these appointments are how we’re able to prevent most common oral health concerns. During these visits, our skilled hygienists will also provide careful, professional teeth cleanings.
We love kids at Katy Family dentist, and we are happy to offer care for kids 8 years and over in our friendly environment. From treatments specifically geared toward young patients to creating a comfortable environment, our dentist and team help young patients keep their natural smiles for a lifetime. Our top priority when treating your kids is making dental office visits something they look forward to. We work hard to create positive associations with the dental office for your children.
As you may have guessed based on the name, dental sealants are placed onto teeth to seal out bacteria and plaque. These treatments are quickly applied as part of any dental checkup, and with proper care they remain in place protecting smiles for years. We encourage those young patients who are still developing their oral hygiene skills, those who have deep pits and grooves in their teeth, and those who experience frequent decay to consider protecting their smiles with dental sealants.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Unconscious teeth grinding and clenching can occur for any number of reasons. In fact, we’re often unable to determine the exact cause of this oral health condition called bruxism. Regardless of cause, bruxism can be treated with a simple solution – nightguards. These custom oral appliances can be worn comfortably during sleep. They protect teeth from excessive wear or damage, and nightguards do not obstruct breathing. Patients who suffer from bruxism may also develop TMJ dysfunction, and there are uniquely crafted oral appliances that can be worn to prevent and treat these conditions.
Mouthguards / Sportsguards
Sports related injuries are the leading cause of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25, but with proper equipment, athletes who participate in high impact sports can protect their smiles. At Katy Family dentist, we custom craft mouthguards to protect patients’ smiles from damage caused by impact with other players, sporting equipment, or hard surfaces. When worn during practices and athletic competition, these custom sportsguards offer improved protection compared with store bought varieties.
Oral Cancer Screening
We include oral cancer screenings as an essential part of every six month dental checkup. Even if patients don’t engage in high risk behaviors associated with oral cancer, like smoking or excessive drinking, they may still be diagnosed with this disease. In fact, those who don’t engage in high risk behaviors may be more likely to be diagnosed in the later stages putting themselves at risk. These quick, painless screenings are just one more way we protect our patients’ health.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring nutrient that helps produce strong tooth enamel while primary and permanent teeth are developing. In fact, studies show that enamel fortified with fluoride stands up better to acids produced by bacteria in cavity formation. Topical fluoride from toothpastes and mouth rinses are necessary to keep teeth strong, and patients who struggle with decay or who have weakened tooth enamel may need to receive fluoride treatments to protect their smiles.
Toothpastes / Mouthwashes
For the majority of our patients, using store bought products that are ADA approved provides adequate protection and keeps teeth healthy. However, if you’d like us to make specific recommendations, we’d be happy to help. For some patients, we may even recommend prescription toothpastes and mouth rinses to strengthen teeth. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Hall about your favorite oral hygiene products, and we’ll help you determine whether or not they’re the best options to protect your smile.
Water Flossers & Electric Toothbrushes
Water flossers and electric toothbrushes are the latest technology. They are one of the easiest ways that a patient can improve the quality of their at-home hygiene routines. Water flossers are an excellent tool for patients who have difficulty flossing due to tight spacing between teeth or braces. Electric toothbrushes are excellent tools to remove more plaque from the surfaces of teeth while protecting the soft tissue from unintentional damage like gum recession.