Preventive Dentistry In Cibolo
Routine dental appointments are the best way to maintain a healthy smile and ensure that your teeth and gums enjoy a thriving environment. At Cibolo Family Smiles, we focus on preventive care and education to keep our patients healthy and happy. Regular preventive care helps Dr. Patel and our team of hygienists catch dental health issues early before they become bigger problems and ensures that all surfaces of your teeth are professionally cleaned.
Hygiene & Cleanings
Dental hygiene appointments are the perfect time for our team to learn more about your oral health, identify any potential issues like cavities and gum disease, and clean your teeth to keep your smile healthy. During these visits, our hygienists will use professional-grade tools to remove plaque and tartar from every nook and cranny of your teeth. Then, your teeth will be buffed with a high-powered toothbrush, and flossed to remove plaque from between your teeth. Dr. Patel will examine your mouth to look for any issues and make sure that you have a clean bill of health.
Fluoride treatments are a non-invasive and completely painless way to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities from forming. Treatment involves a highly-concentrated fluoride gel that is applied to weak “soft spots” in your enamel. These soft spots are the first signs of tooth decay, and fluoride has the unique ability to encourage remineralization of these areas. The treatment only takes a few minutes and is appropriate for patients of all ages, though it is especially useful for children who are more prone to cavities.
Dental sealants can help cavity-prone patients maintain optimal health and avoid tooth decay. This can be particularly helpful for children who have diets high in sugar or cannot yet brush their teeth properly. Sealants consist of a special type of plastic dental resin that is applied to the rear molars after a cleaning. The resin is hardened with a UV light, and it forms a barrier to shield the rear molars from direct contact with oral bacteria, acid, and food debris, preventing the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.
Periodontal care is essential for preventing gum disease and reversing its early stages, also known as “gingivitis.” The most common periodontal treatment is a deep cleaning (or “scaling and root planing”). This involves removing plaque and tartar from between your teeth and gum line in order to eliminate bacteria, inflammation, and infection. Oral antibiotics may also be used to help reduce the levels of bacteria in your mouth.