Preventive Dentistry

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Swinney Morton Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

You only get one set of teeth. Everyone is at risk of tooth damage and decay, but preventive dentistry at Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas, can help you avoid the need for complex restorations or cosmetic procedures. Routine dental cleanings and regular checkups from Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, keep your teeth and gums healthy from the start. Schedule your next appointment with the team online or call the office today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What does preventive dentistry include?

Preventive dental care protects your oral health before disease and decay can cause lasting damage. Many common problems, like cavities and periodontal disease, damage your teeth and gums. Preventive care keeps that damage from getting worse.

Regular dental cleanings are essential elements of preventive dentistry. At Swinney Morton Dental, the team removes harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth.

Along with cleaning your teeth, the team examines your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks to check for signs of oral health problems. X-rays can be used to identify early signs of decay and gum disease.

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Maintaining regular dental cleaning appointments and practicing good oral hygiene at home sets you up for better oral health. With preventive care, you’re less likely to need advanced dental restorations later on.

For example, periodontal disease affects more than half of American adults over 30. It can cause teeth to loosen and fall out, but it’s preventable with proper dental care.

If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, it’s normal to be nervous. Your teeth and gums can be more sensitive at first, and your cleaning will take longer if there are more plaque and tartar to remove.

The good news is that as dental care becomes part of your routine, cleanings become more comfortable, at-home care gets more familiar, and your mouth stays healthier.

How can I improve my oral health care at home?

Professional dental care and regular dental cleanings are essential parts of your oral health care. Daily habits make a big difference too. Good oral hygiene habits keep your teeth clean between your dentist appointments.

Swinney Morton Dental generally recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Floss gets into tight spots between your teeth that the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach, so don’t skip it.

If you have any questions about your oral health, talk to the team. They’re available to give you advice on topics that range from dealing with sensitive teeth to eating nutritious foods to boost your oral health.

Is it time for your next dental cleaning? Schedule a preventive dentistry appointment today at Swinney Morton Dental online or over the phone.