General & Family Dentistry in Dallas
Our family dentist offers preventive care and restorative dentistry that helps patients of all ages enjoy optimal oral function and maintain good oral health. Since establishing healthy teeth and gums begins in childhood, it is very important that our younger patients receive routine cleanings and checkups along with preventive services, when necessary, to help fight tooth decay and other oral conditions that affect daily life.
Checkups and Cleanings for the Whole Family
Receiving routine cleanings and checkups are important for patients of all ages, including children. Professional cleanings are necessary to remove substances that accumulate on the teeth and gums. While oral hygiene practices certainly help remove plaque and ultimately tartar formation, some plaque will be left behind. Once plaque forms into tartar, it cannot be removed via home care such as flossing or brushing.
Professional cleanings gently and thoroughly clean these substances from the teeth and gum line. For children, cleanings are a great time to learn more about the importance of oral hygiene and how proper brushing and flossing can prevent dental caries and periodontal disease. Our dental hygienists provide oral health education that is easy for children to understand.
Receiving routine examinations from Dr. Loftus is important, too. Scheduling regular checkups are essential in order to catch potential oral health problems as early as possible. Early detection of conditions like cavities and gum disease is the best way for patients to secure conservative and cost-effective treatment. Checkups are tailored to the needs of the patient. Based on age and medical or social history, our dentist may choose to conduct more thorough oral cancer screenings. For children, our team may need to focus on plaque accumulation, dietary effects on oral health, and other contributors to tooth decay.
Preventive Children’s Services
Since tooth decay is a major concern for children, our practice may recommend preventive treatments to help strengthen teeth. Preventive dentistry is especially important if a child has high-risk factors for developing tooth decay such as poor or inadequate oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar, and weak or thin tooth enamel. Two popular preventive services we offer are fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride treatments are administered in flavored gel or foam and applied over the teeth. Since tooth enamel is made up of minerals, fluoride (a naturally occurring mineral) will help replenish mineral loss to tooth enamel, ultimately strengthening it. Dental sealants are another way to help prevent tooth decay. This treatment involves placing a liquid plastic compound on the biting surfaces of molars and hardening it with a curing light. This gives the cusps and grooves of molars additional protection from cavity-causing bacteria.