The best method for keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime is simple -- regular preventive care. Your dentist in Carrollton recommends patients of all ages visit the dentist every six months, whether you think you need to or not. These regular appointments allow us to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that causes decay and infection, check in on the health of your mouth, and to provide restorative care as needed. When was your last visit to Dr. Campbell’s office? Stay on top of these checkups and cleanings to receive the following important preventive services.
Comprehensive Exams for Optimal Oral Health
When you come in for your regular visit, Dr. Campbell will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and oral structures. What does this include? We begin by getting your complete medical history and then taking your vital signs. Next, he’ll perform the following steps.
- Thorough examination of teeth
- Periodontal (gum) evaluation
- Use of intraoral camera to show you any potential problem areas
- Oral cancer screening
- Bite analysis
After this comprehensive examination is complete, Dr. Campbell will put together a treatment plan to address your specific dental needs and renew your oral health. We can provide periodontal treatment, restorative dental care, and make referrals as needed.
Professional Cleanings Prevent Decay and Infection
In addition to a comprehensive exam, one of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth during your six-month visit. You know that smooth, sparkling feeling you love after a trip to the dentist? That’s how your teeth feel without plaque and tartar -- and it’s also what they should feel like all the time. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth throughout the day. When it’s not removed by brushing and flossing, it turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional. Both substances cause cavities and gum disease, so their complete removal is the major focus of a preventive dental visit.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Consultation
Not everyone has wisdom teeth, or the third molars that erupt in late adolescence/early adulthood. People who do have these extra teeth often need to have them extracted -- but not always. Painful, infected teeth or those that put you at a risk for gum disease or damage to the surrounding teeth should be removed. But if the teeth don’t look like they’re going to cause problems, your dentist in Carrollton thinks it’s best to let a sleeping dog lie (i.e. not put you through the unnecessary stress of oral surgery). The best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation for wisdom teeth removal in Carrollton.
Why You Need an Oral Cancer Screening
Your general dentist in Carrollton performs oral cancer screenings during your comprehensive exam. Why is this important? Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, causing at least one death per hour in the US. Unfortunately, its high death rate is likely due to the fact that many cases aren’t caught until the condition has reached its later stages. Help increase your chances for successful treatment by undergoing regular screenings for oral cancer.
Patients who have one or more risk factors for oral cancer should be aware of their increased risk for developing the disease. These include:
- Tobacco users
- Exposure to UV light
- Heavy alcohol users (especially when combined with tobacco)
- Gender (males are more likely to develop the condition)
- Age (most cases occur over the age of 55)
Why You Need a Fluoride Treatment
Dr. Campbell also provides fluoride rinses in a variety of flavors to help strengthen tooth enamel against decay. Fluoride attracts strengthening minerals to the teeth to provide a protective barrier -- but many people aren’t getting enough exposure to the mineral, leaving their teeth at-risk of decay as a result. With a fluoride treatment at the dentist in addition to a fluoride supplement at home, we can help you enjoy stronger teeth for months after your checkup and cleaning.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Your family dentist in Carrollton provides top-notch dental care in our state-of-the-art office. Request your appointment today! Conveniently located in Carrollton, we welcome neighbors from Plano, Lewisville, and all across the DFW area.