Teeth Cleanings & Exams

Our family dentist in Dallas, TX offers preventive care and restorative dentistry to help patients of all ages enjoy optimal function and excellent oral health. We also customize our treatment plans to address your specific needs.

Since establishing healthy teeth and gums begins in childhood, it is essential that our younger patients receive routine teeth cleanings and general dentistry checkups, along with preventive services to help fight tooth decay and other oral conditions that affect daily life.

Your dentist will let you know at what age your child should have their first professional teeth cleaning. We can also provide tips for nutrition and effective brushing habits at home.

If you would like to establish individual or family dentistry near Plano, TX, or if you have questions for our dental team, give us a call at (972) 587-4020. Meanwhile, continue reading to learn more about preventive dentistry and how we can help you and your loved ones achieve and maintain excellent oral health.

Dental Checkups and Teeth Cleanings in Dallas, TX for the Whole Family

Receiving routine dental cleanings and checkups is 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 gumline.

For children—when age-appropriate—teeth 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.

Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings lower your risks for:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Cavities
  • Oral infections
  • Tooth loss

Dental Exams to Protect Your Oral Health

Receiving routine examinations from Dr. Loftus is important, too!

Scheduling regular checkups are essential 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.

Dental checkups are tailored to the needs of the patient. Based on your age and medical or social history, our dentist may choose to conduct more thorough oral cancer screenings, for example.

For children, our team may need to focus on plaque accumulation, dietary effects on oral health, and other contributors to tooth decay.

Your Preventive Dentistry Appointment

Your preventive appointment includes:

  • Comprehensive dental checkup
  • X-rays, if warranted
  • An oral cancer screening
  • Professional teeth cleaning

Your checkup with the dentist includes a comprehensive visual exam of your teeth and gums. This checkup may include x-rays if we suspect an underlying oral health issue. X-rays are also a way for us to compare oral health changes since your last visit.

Additionally, we provide an oral cancer screening—early detection is crucial for successful treatment.

If your dentist finds any oral health conditions, we arrange prompt treatment—a dental filling to treat a cavity, for example, or a customized treatment schedule to address gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease, a serious condition of the ligaments that keep your teeth in place. Untreated or undiagnosed gum disease has been linked to serious health issues, including:

  • Tooth loss
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Heart health issues
  • Low birth weight in babies
  • Lung health issues

Preventive dentistry significantly lowers your gum disease risk. And if you've already been diagnosed, we can take measures to keep your disease in check and reduce your risks for complications.

If you or a family member are susceptible to cavities, your dentist may recommend a dental sealant to protect teeth from cavity-causing debris. If your enamel is weak, we can also talk about a fluoride treatment to re-mineralize the outer layers of the teeth.

Preventive Children's Dentistry Near Richardson, TX

Since tooth decay is a significant concern for children, our practice may recommend preventive treatments to help strengthen teeth.

Preventive dentistry is crucial 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 for adults and children are fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Fluoride Treatments

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

Dental sealants are another way to help prevent tooth decay. This treatment involves placing a liquid BPA-free 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.

Contact Your Dallas, TX Dentist for Your Next Dental Appointment

Your healthy smile is our top priority.

Call our North Dallas dental office today to reserve an appointment, and always reach out to our team if you have any questions about our treatments and services.

We proudly serve patients and families from all locales, including Dallas, North Dallas, Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Richardson, Plano, and Hebron.