The Importance Of Preventive Care
February 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

How can you have a bright, healthy smile for life? Get routine preventive care from your dentists in Sugar Land, Dr. Stephen Lukin and Dr. Mark Lukin. Lukin Family Dentistry provides check-ups, cleanings, sealants and more, all tailored to your needs and dovetailing with your home oral hygiene. Yes, preventive dental care really is important.

Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable

Sadly, these two oral health conditions lead to tooth loss, reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, routine at-home and in-office care with your Sugar Land dentist help prevent them, avoiding discomfort, expense, and loss of oral function and smile aesthetics.

The most effective weapon in the preventive dentistry arsenal is the routine check-up and cleaning. When you come to the office every six months, Dr. Lukin will inspect your teeth for tooth decay, dental alignment and condition of fillings and other restorations.

Also, he'll check your gums for signs of periodontal disease--redness, puffiness, tenderness, mobile teeth and more. Gum disease affects overall health: so it's best to keep those soft oral tissues free of plaque and bacteria.

Finally, he'll do a brief and painless oral cancer check. When detected early, these malignancies are highly curable.

Additionally, your hygienist gently scales your teeth with small handheld instruments to remove soft plaque and hard tartar. They take digital X-rays when scheduled to look for decay between teeth and to inspect tooth roots and bone structure.

Education is an important part of your dental visit. Your hygienist and your dentist can show you ways to improve your twice daily brushing and flossing techniques and give you tips on tooth-friendly nutrition, a no-tobacco lifestyle and more. What you do at home for your oral health partners with your dental team's efforts on your behalf.

Additional preventive services

Your dentist offers:

  • In-office fluoride treatments
  • Painted-on plastic sealants for deeply-pitted back teeth
  • Bite guards to cushion habitual teeth grinding and clenching
  • Check-ups for your toddlers, beginning at age one or whenever the primary teeth begin to erupt

Keep that great smile

You and your family can. At Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, your friendly professional team knows preventive care is the mainstay oral health. If it's time for your routine exam and cleaning, please call us for a convenient appointment: (281) 265-9000.