Preventive Dentistry – Pearland, TX
Proactive Care For Healthier Smiles
As the daughter of a dentist (who is still practicing!), Dr. Letitia Plummer got to see firsthand just how important preventive dental care is for someone’s oral health. By working to stop small problems before they even start, she and our team can help our patients consistently avoid more serious dental issues, including advanced gum disease and tooth loss. If you’re hoping to have a golden smile in your golden years, then regular preventive dental appointments are a must. They only take an hour, but they can literally save your smile for decades to come. To schedule your next one, contact us today.
Why Choose Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics for Preventive Dentistry?
- Long-Serving Team That Treats Patients Like Family
- General Dentistry & Specialty-Care All Under One Roof
- Accept & Maximize Dental Insurance
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Many oral health problems are easy to not notice during their early stages, meaning patients don’t realize something is wrong until the issue has become quite serious and requires extensive care. To help our patients dodge this hassle, they can attend checkups and cleanings every six months here at Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics. During these appointments, Dr. Plummer will examine your teeth for any signs of decay, gum disease, or damage. If she finds something, she can treat it right away. You’ll also receive a professional cleaning that will remove harmful plaque and tartar from those areas between your teeth that your tools at home can’t reach.
Once a child’s back teeth emerge, they are extremely vulnerable to developing cavities because of their location and grooved surfaces that easily trap plaque. Fortunately, a dental sealant can be placed over this area of the teeth to give them the extra protection they need. This involves painting a thin layer of composite resin over the enamel and letting it harden into place. While they are ideal for children, adults who are prone to decay can also benefit from them.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Stress can lead to tension throughout the body, and for many people, this causes them to unconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth. Also known as bruxism, some people primarily engage in this habit while they are asleep, making it almost impossible to break. This can severely damage the teeth, but a nightguard can help people rest easy. A patient simply wears the small oral appliance to bed, and it places a protective barrier between the rows of teeth to stop them from coming together.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer isn’t talked about often, but it’s actually one of the most deadly, claiming one life each and every hour of every day here in the U.S. Early detection and treatment are essential for overcoming the disease, but spotting the initial signs can be difficult. That’s why we include an oral cancer screening with every standard checkup. Our team’s highly trained eyes are able to spot any sores, discolored patches of tissue, or new growths that could potentially indicate cancer. If we find anything, we can help a patient get the follow-up care they need right away.
You’ll probably find fluoride in your house right now, both in the water that comes out of the tap as well as in your toothpaste. This is great news because, when teeth are exposed to fluoride, this mineral can actually reverse the early stages of tooth decay, lowering someone’s risk of cavities. As part of your routine visits, we can coat your teeth with a fluoride gel to give you a quick boost of cavity protection that will last all the way until your next dental visit (which should be about six months later).
At-Home Oral Hygiene Products
Are you and your loved ones using the right oral hygiene products at home? It can be tough to know due to all the marketing out there. Our team can give you recommendations at your regular checkups to ensure every member of your family is using the right toothpaste, brush, and mouthwash for their smile. We can even provide prescription-strength products you won’t find on store shelves for those who need them!
As the mother of four amazing boys, Dr. Letitia Plummer understands the importance of early-age dental care as well as anyone. We welcome all growing smiles in Pearland to Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics, and here, we’ll treat your little ones like they are our own. In addition to protecting them from cavities and providing orthodontics when needed, we’ll also work to instill healthy habits to ensure your child enjoys a lifetime of optimal oral health.
Do you know what the most common disease in the world is? The answer might surprise you—it’s periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. This is a bacterial infection that attacks the structures in your mouth that support your teeth, and it’s the #1 cause of tooth loss around the world. We screen for gum disease at every appointment, and if we spot it, our team can use a combination of deep cleanings and topical antibiotics to banish harmful bacteria as quickly as possible. By taking great care of your gums as well as your teeth, we can ensure you’ll keep all of your natural teeth for the rest of your life.