Preventative Dentistry Prairieville, LA
Preventative care is the cornerstone and foundation of our philosophy here at Palm Family Dentistry.
Dr. Palm knows that with consistent cleaning and checkup appointments every six months, we can help you avoid many dental issues such as periodontal disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities.
At Palm Family Dentistry, we also take advantage of state-of-the-art technology such as digital x-rays and our intraoral camera so we can detect many of these conditions in their earliest stages, giving you the option for less costly treatment procedures.
Routine Dental Visits
For most patients, it is recommended to have a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients struggling with periodontal disease may require additional cleanings throughout the year in order to successfully manage their condition.
Besides a thorough examination with Dr. Palm, patients will receive a professional cleaning that removes the plaque buildup that contributes to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. We will also spend time educating you about your oral health so you can make the most of your routine at home.
What Happens When You Avoid Preventative Care?
Dentistry is all about prevention. We want to detect any concerns in their earliest stages and, if possible, prevent them from happening in the first place.
Many people are under the impression that you shouldn’t visit the dentist until your teeth hurt. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most dental issues develop without causing much pain or even many symptoms. By the time you notice the pain, the damage has already been done.
Don’t ignore what your teeth are telling you. If you feel sensitivity, have Dr. Palm check it out right away, even if it goes away on its own. Your sensitivity could be indicating decay in your tooth, which can be treated with a simple dental filling early on. If decay is left untreated, it will progress, cause more pain and damage, and you may need root canal therapy to preserve your tooth.
Advanced Preventative Care
Patients who suffer from bruxism, or chronic clenching and grinding of their teeth, may benefit from a mouth guard that they can wear at night while they sleep. This oral appliance is comfortable to wear and can protect your teeth from the damage that bruxism causes. Dr. Palm can evaluate your needs and determine whether a night guard would be beneficial for you.
At Palm Family Dentistry, we use laser dentistry to help patients suffering from gum disease. The laser provides accurate removal of diseased tissue, while protecting healthy tissue. It also sterilizes and seals the treated area, which helps to accelerate the healing process.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup, we encourage you to contact Palm Family Dentistry today.