Preventive Dentistry Can Help You Maintain Optimal Oral Health
The key to optimal oral health is consistent at-home and professional preventive care. Dr. Edward J. Hebert and Dr. Scott M. Hannaman in Lake Charles, LA, focus on comprehensive preventive dentistry to preserve the health of your natural teeth and maintain your smile. Our team of professionals is committed to improving and sustaining your well-being through regular exams and cleanings that can eliminate the need for restorative dental treatment. We can provide the gentle, effective care you need to protect your smile for years to come.
Regular dental exams and cleanings can prevent serious oral health conditions from occurring and eliminate the need for restorative treatments.
Preventive Dentistry Maintains Oral Health
One of the most important steps in maintaining your oral health beyond at-home oral hygiene, is through regular, preventive care. By visiting our office at least twice a year for regular examinations and routine cleanings, you can not only keep your teeth and gums in good shape, but you can also prevent small issues like gum inflammation or cavities from advancing to periodontitis or tooth infections. These conditions are not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but can be costly to treat. However, with routine follow-ups and early diagnosis, we can help you prevent dental problems and maintain a strong foundation for many years to come. We also offer non-surgical periodontal treatment for the patients who require it.
X-Rays and Dental Exams
Our office will typically take digital x-rays once a year. These digital images of your teeth and mouth gives us an accurate idea of your dental health status and allows us to monitor any changes over time. We use the latest technology for more convenient, detailed imaging, including digital x-rays for more accurate and efficient diagnoses. Drs. Herbert and Hannaman will also visually examine your smile for decay and any issues that may require treatment. With their attentive care, patients can often avoid many oral health concerns and the need for restorative procedures.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Despite regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, our mouths still carry bacteria. When bacteria is exposed to food and beverages, it can turn into plaque, or a coating that adheres to your teeth and gums. This substance is normal and easily removed with regular cleanings. We recommend coming in for a routine cleaning and checkup every six months. During these appointments, an experienced dental hygienist from our team will gently clean your teeth and gums to remove any plaque and tartar that you are unable to reach. Leaving plaque untreated can lead to large buildups of tartar that lead to decay or other issues such as gum disease.
If you want to work with a dental team dedicated to promoting your health and preventing dental problems as much as possible, we can help.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a very serious disease that can often be effectively treated if caught early. To protect our patients' long-term health, our team can perform regular oral cancer screenings. We can visually examine teeth, gums, cheeks, throat, and other soft tissues to check for any abnormal tissue. If we see any rough patches of red or white tissue, swelling, unexplained or persistent sores, or bleeding we can order a biopsy.
Protect Your Oral Health
If you want to work with a dental team dedicated to promoting your health and preventing dental problems as much as possible, we can help. To learn more about preventive dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (337) 474-4892.