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Preventive Dentistry Houston, TX



Little boy learning to brush teeth in our Houston, TX dentist officeAt Frank Dunlap, DDS, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. Preventive dentistry is focused on preventing potential complications, rather than treating them. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!


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Dental Exam



The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with our doctors will typically include a professional cleaning and a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. We may also recommend an oral cancer screening for our older patients.



Teeth Cleaning



Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital if you want your teeth to stay strong, functional, and attractive. Apart from regular brushing and flossing, it is also necessary to keep your dental appointments with us regularly. You should visit us at least twice a year for a professional cleaning to ensure you have excellent dental hygiene and your teeth and surrounding structures are healthy.



Dental Sealants



Dental sealants are a highly effective preventive measure used to protect teeth from decay. These thin, protective coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where decay often starts. Sealants create a smooth, easy-to-clean surface that shields enamel from plaque and acids, making them an excellent choice for children and adults alike.



Gum Disease Treatment



Gum disease treatment involves various procedures aimed at stopping the progression of periodontal disease and restoring healthy gums. Treatments can range from deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to more advanced procedures, depending on the severity of the condition. Early intervention is key to preventing tooth loss and maintaining overall oral health.



Periodontal Care



Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.

The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.



Periodontal Maintenance



Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing care program designed to prevent the recurrence of gum disease after initial treatment. This involves regular, scheduled visits for deep cleanings, monitoring gum health, and maintaining the progress achieved through earlier treatments. Consistent periodontal maintenance is crucial for keeping gums healthy and preventing further issues.



Oral Cancer Screening



Cancer screening can be a frightening scenario for some people, but it should not be. The truth is oral cancer screenings done consistently offer you the opportunity to discover problems early when they can be treated more easily and successfully. If you have questions about our oral cancer screening procedures, then please visit our office so our professional staff can guide you through the procedure.



Mouthguard



A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may recommend a night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.



Sportsguard



Contact sports or sports with moving objects can be a very dangerous environment for your teeth. One extreme tackle or a ball hit into the mouth can do serious, sometimes permanent, damage to the jaw and mouth. If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend a custom made sports mouthguard.



TMJ Therapy



The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.



Sleep Apnea Treatment



Sleep apnea treatment in dentistry focuses on managing and alleviating the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Treatment options may include custom-made oral appliances that help keep the airway open. These appliances are designed to improve breathing, reduce snoring, and enhance overall sleep quality.



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To learn more about our family dentistry services call (346) 576-4411, and schedule an appointment now!


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