When it comes to achieving your healthiest smile, the most important thing you can do is commit to visiting a dentist every six months. During these twice a year preventive exams, we can screen for common concerns, answer your questions, make recommendations for in-office and at-home oral health care, and ensure your teeth are completely clean and healthy. Contact the Carrier Family Dental team today to find out more or schedule an appointment with our team.
The first step to ensuring optimal oral health is visiting our Grand Prairie, TX dental practice for six month checkups and teeth cleanings. During these appointments, we provide three essential general dentistry services:
We welcome patients of all ages, and Dr. Higgins enjoys having the opportunity to work with younger patients. It’s the goal of our Grand Prairie, TX dental team to help your child achieve and maintain whole, healthy smiles for a lifetime, and that all starts with regular dental checkups as a child. We’ll answer your little one’s questions, teach them all about caring for their smiles, and make sure they look forward to dental visits for years to come.
Sealants are clear coatings of protective materials that prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from accessing teeth. This is important in the quest to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, especially for young patients who are still learning to care for their teeth, adults who are prone to decay, and those who have very deep grooves in the biting surfaces of teeth. Dental sealants can be quickly applied as part of any six month checkup. We simply paint a layer of sealant onto the tooth and harden it into position using a curing light. Once in place, your sealants provide an invisible shield for your smile for years to come.
If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping or awake, you may be experiencing a common oral health concern known as bruxism. While this may seem like a harmless habit, it can actually cause significant damage to your teeth, especially during the night when you’re unaware of the excessive amount of pressure you’re placing on your teeth as they grind together. We can custom craft nightguards create a physical barrier between your rows of teeth, protecting your smile from unconscious damage during sleep.
Any athlete who participates in sports where their mouth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or equipment should wear a mouthguard during every practice or match. Many patients are shocked to find out that the leading causes of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25 are sports injuries, so it’s especially important that our young patients have the right mouthguards when they start engaging in athletics. Our custom mouthguards offer superior comfort compared with those store bought varieties available, so please don’t hesitate to ask about our custom sportsguards during your next appointment.
During every six month dental checkup, we provide an oral cancer screening to protect patients’ oral and overall health. Even if you don’t smoke or use other tobacco products, you’re still at risk for this type of cancer. In fact, as much as 30% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer annually do not engage in any high risk behaviors associated with oral cancer. Regular screenings in our office ensure patients receive diagnosis in the earliest stages when they have the optimal chance for a full recovery.
Fluoride is an essential nutrient in the development of teeth. Adequate levels of fluoride absorbed in tap water, foods sources, and supplements create strong, healthy tooth enamel. Once teeth erupt from the gums, topical fluoride is required to fortify and protect tooth enamel. Daily brushing and flossing with fluoridated toothpaste is essential to preserving healthy tooth structures, and for those patients who need a little extra help, professional fluoride treatments are available during any six month checkup in our office.
If you’re struggling with frequent tooth decay, sensitive teeth, or gum disease, you may benefit from using prescription at-home hygiene products. Dr. Higgins or one of our knowledgeable hygienist will discuss your current oral hygiene products and at-home care routine with you, and if we determine you should consider using prescription strength solutions, we are happy to provide these for you. Our goal is always to work as your partner in achieving and maintaining your healthiest smile.