Preventive Dentistry

When it comes to achieving your healthiest smile, the most important thing you can do is commit to visiting a dentist every six months. During these twice a year preventive exams, we can screen for common concerns, answer your questions, make recommendations for in-office and at-home oral health care, and ensure your teeth are completely clean and healthy. Contact the Scott Dooley, DDS& Implant Dentistry team today to find out more or schedule an appointment with our team.

At Scott Dooley, DDS we are committed to helping patients maintain optimal oral health.  Since it is best to stop dental health problems before they start, we provide a range of preventive dentistry options, including routine dental cleanings gum disease prevention and tooth sealants.  These treatments help prevent cavities, tooth decay and other problems so that you can avoid extensive dental work and enjoy having a healthy smile for life.

 

Checkups & Cleanings

Checkups & Cleanings

The first step to ensuring optimal oral health is visiting our Midlothian, TX dental practice for six month checkups and teeth cleanings. During these appointments, we provide three essential general dentistry services:

  • Oral health assessment – the main priority is to examine your oral and facial structures in order to screen for common oral health concerns including tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. We also carefully examine any existing restorations to ensure they are intact.
  • Professional teeth cleaning – one of our skilled hygienists or dentist will carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from those parts of the smile that even daily brushing and flossing may not remove. If you have questions about how to care for your teeth at home, our hygienists and dentist would be happy to talk to you about best practices in at-home oral hygiene.
  • Planning for ongoing care – Dr. Dooley will sit down with you one on one to discuss anything we discovered during your examination. We’ll then answer your questions and outline your possible treatment options, and the doctor will help you develop the best oral health care plan for your unique needs.

 

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Sealants are clear coatings of protective materials that prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from accessing teeth. This is important in the quest to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, especially for young patients who are still learning to care for their teeth, adults who are prone to decay, and those who have very deep grooves in the biting surfaces of teeth. Dental sealants can be quickly applied as part of any six month checkup. We simply paint a layer of sealant onto the tooth and harden it into position using a curing light. Once in place, your sealants provide an invisible shield for your smile for years to come.

 

 

 

Nightguards for Bruxism

Nightguards for Bruxism

If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping or awake, you may be experiencing a common oral health concern known as bruxism. While this may seem like a harmless habit, it can actually cause significant damage to your teeth, especially during the night when you’re unaware of the excessive amount of pressure you’re placing on your teeth as they grind together. We can custom craft nightguards create a physical barrier between your rows of teeth, protecting your smile from unconscious damage during sleep.

Mouthguards for Athletes

Mouthguards for Athletes

Any athlete who participates in sports where their mouth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or equipment should wear a mouthguard during every practice or match. Many patients are shocked to find out that the leading causes of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25 are sports injuries, so it’s especially important that our young patients have the right mouthguards when they start engaging in athletics. Our custom mouthguards offer superior comfort compared with those store bought varieties available, so please don’t hesitate to ask about our custom sportsguards during your next appointment.

 

 

 

 

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

During every six month dental checkup, we provide an oral cancer screening to protect patients’ oral and overall health. Even if you don’t smoke or use other tobacco products, you’re still at risk for this type of cancer. In fact, as much as 30% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer annually do not engage in any high risk behaviors associated with oral cancer. Regular screenings in our office ensure patients receive diagnosis in the earliest stages when they have the optimal chance for a full recovery.

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