At Southeast Texas Dental Center, our team believes in providing care that prioritizes prevention at every opportunity. By stopping dental problems at their earliest stages, we can help our patients avoid costly damage and maintain excellent oral health for many years down the road. We are happy to welcome in patients of all ages, so don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’d like to schedule appointments for the whole family!
Checkups & Cleanings
Checkups and cleanings are a truly invaluable part of quality dentistry. After all, even the most diligent brushers and flossers can end up experiencing dental problems that might not be noticeable at first to the untrained eye. Our doctors strongly recommend that children and adults alike attend at least two appointments every calendar year so that we can review their smiles in a comprehensive fashion and catch damage or decay right at the start. Additionally, a professional hygiene session will do a great job of cleaning harmful plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, as well as minor staining. Our patients are able to walk out of the office feeling refreshed and confident about their oral health!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a serious health problem and one that often isn’t discovered in patients until it’s already caused serious, even irreparable damage. At Southeast Texas Dental Center, our dentists are committed to discovering concerning signs of cancerous cells as early as possible, which is why screenings are a regular part of every checkup. The earlier we discover the presence of oral cancer; the better chances are that patients can fully recover.
You might not know what fluoride is, but this mineral is actually all around you – in toothpaste, in certain foods, and even in your tap water. Over time, studies have shown that patients who experience regular exposure to fluoride throughout their childhood and adult years tend to have stronger, healthier teeth than their counterparts. Our team offers professional applications for children and adults alike so that the whole family can reap the benefits.
Your back teeth (the premolars and molars) are particularly susceptible to tooth decay over time because of the pits and grooves along their chewing surfaces. Thankfully, our practice can give these areas some extra protection with the help of dental sealants. Sealants are made of a tough, composite-based substance that’s directly painted over the tooth and hardened in place; this way, they can block out food particles and harmful bacteria that want to gather there. While our team regularly recommends this service for children who are still getting the hang of brushing and flossing, it can benefit patients of all ages.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is most likely to occur at night during sleep, which means that far too many patients are unaware of why they’re experiencing dental damage and jaw pain on a regular basis. The use of a custom-made nightguard can help prevent these unpleasant symptoms by creating a tough barrier between the rows of teeth and minimizing unconscious contact. Our team is always happy to help patients wake up feeling ready to smile!