Beating Plaque to the Punch
The phrase “prevention is the best medicine” has become a common saying for a reason. People perform maintenance on so many things – their cars, their homes, their bodies – but sadly, teeth and gums have a low priority. Many people figure a pretty smile is nice to have, but they don’t really understand how the health of their mouth plays a crucial role in their overall health. Routine brushing and flossing are indeed praise-worthy, but they are only one side of the coin in oral hygiene. Consistent dentist visits for preventive care complement your at-home care routine, and significantly reduce your chances of developing oral health issues that could negatively impact your systemic health.
Dr. Vi Truong-Mai hopes to educate her patients about the importance and benefit of oral health. Regular visits in addition to good home dental care will keep your teeth and gums in optimal shape. We also address small issues before they become bigger, painful, and more expensive. Our practice offers:
Keeping Teeth in Tip-Top Shape
Routine dental cleanings and x-rays not only undo plaque’s dirty work, they aid in detecting tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, and even some oral cancers in their early stages. The sooner we detect the disorder, the higher the chance of recovery. Checkups can also uncover:
- Gaps or malocclusion (mismatched bite pattern)
- Cosmetic concerns: chipped, discolored, or crowded teeth
- Bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding)
- Old and failing dental work
As we said before, keeping your mouth healthy is a team effort between dentist, hygiene staff, and patient. We do what we can to protect your smile with cleanings, exams, sealant, fluoride treatments, etc. However, you can do your part by eating a nutritious diet, establishing a consistent home-care routine, and attending regular dental visits. We recommend these habits for the whole family. Children do what they see their parents doing. If they see Mom and Dad going to the dentist regularly, they will want to, too!
We explain each step in your procedure so there are no surprises, and you feel confident and comfortable. If we find issues during your preventive care exam, don’t worry. You did the right thing by coming to us. Put your faith in our skill and expertise and we will advise you regarding the best treatment to get your smile back to its brightest and healthiest.
Protect Your Smile with Preventive Dentistry
A preventive approach to dentistry means safeguarding your smile against decay, gingivitis, and other common oral health concerns. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.