“Uptown Dentistry with a Hometown Feel” Housh Family Dentistry 605 E. Hospital Rd., Suite 1 El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 (417) 876-3124 Preventive Dentistry The goal of preventive dentistry is to help keep teeth healthy and strong. A preventive dentist is able to help you avoid tooth decay and other problems by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. A preventive dentist is able to detect gum disease in the earliest stages, and can provide treatment quickly to keep it from becoming a serious problem.  Your dentist will probably schedule you for regular checkups once or twice per year. They will inspect your teeth carefully, and conduct a deep cleaning treatment to remove any built up plaque or deposits that may have formed since your last visit. The dentist may take new x-rays of your teeth to see how healthy they are beneath the gums as well. Because dental decay and gum disease can damage teeth to the extent that no treatment can save them, it is very important to altogether prevent, or at the very least, stop disease in its early stages.  A good dentist will also give you homework after your preventive dentistry visit. He or she will explain how you can keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily. You'll find out if you've been brushing too hard, or if you should concentrate on flossing a little more in the back of your mouth. A preventive dentist may recommend certain types of toothbrushes or toothpastes for your particular oral health needs.  A preventive dentist usually sees quite a few children every day. As children lose their baby teeth and begin to develop adult teeth, it is important to have a dentist keep track of the shifting teeth as they grow. Preventive dentistry for children often includes fluoride treatments to strengthen their teeth.  Sometimes a preventive dentist will apply a dental sealant on the teeth of children to help keep damaging bacteria away from the tooth enamel. Children are also examined for teeth that are out of alignment, or growing incorrectly. Your preventive dentist may recommend a specialist if necessary. Discovering potential problems before they become serious can make the treatment process much faster and easier.  Housh Family Dentistry offers high-quality, basic and sophisticated treatments to prevent any disease from damaging teeth and gum for kids and adults.  If you are experiencing even the slightest problem with your teeth or gums, contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment to prevent permanent damage to your teeth.
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