Preserve Your Healthy Smile with Edmond, OK Preventive Dentistry
Quality preventive care is the foundation of a lifelong healthy smile, as well as a cooperative effort by Dr. John, our team, and the patients themselves. Our goal is to provide regular dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, at-home oral hygiene instruction, and other services that protect and strengthen your teeth and gums at every stage of life, helping you avoid costly dental problems down the road. If you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, please contact our Edmond office. New patients from Deer Creek, OK and surrounding areas are always welcomed!
Checkups & Cleanings
Dr. John strongly recommends that each patient attends a comprehensive checkup and revitalizing hygiene appointment every six months. During these visits, our team will carefully review every aspect of your oral health, including the surface of each individual tooth, the gum tissue, the bite, the TMJ, any existing restorative work, and an oral cancer screening. Digital X-rays will provide invaluable assistance as well in revealing any potential damage that’s well-hidden beneath the surface of your smile. Our goal is to fully understand your unique oral health needs so that we can address concerns as early on in their development as possible.
Regular professional cleanings are also vital because they allow our talented hygienist to remove decay-causing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, reducing your risk of infection. They’ll also polish enamel and remove any minor staining, which means you’ll be able to leave with a smile that feels and looks nicely refreshed.
Keeping tooth surfaces fully clean of food particles and damaging bacteria can be difficult for younger patients, especially regarding the hard-to-reach chewing surfaces on the premolars and molars. That’s why Dr. John is likely to recommend dental sealants as a simple and effective children’s dentistry service that can provide quality protection against cavities. These sealants are placed directly over the deep pits and grooves as a barrier that blocks out damaging accumulations, and they can last for multiple years with proper oral hygiene and professional maintenance.
Our dental team enjoys being able to treat your entire family when possible, including its youngest members. We always take a gentle approach in these cases, helping your son or daughter feel at ease in the treatment chair as we provide checkups, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and other vital services that will support their growing smiles. Dr. John will also be on the lookout for any potential developmental concerns so they can be properly diagnosed and treated as early on in your child’s life as possible.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you regularly experience grating headaches and significant jaw pain? Do your teeth seem more and more damaged or worn-down over time with no understandable cause? These are likely signs of bruxism, a common condition among adults that’s more commonly referred to as “teeth grinding.” In most cases, bruxism tends to occur while patients sleep at night, which makes self-diagnosis more difficult. At our practice, Dr. John is very familiar with these symptoms, and he can provide a personalized nightguard if needed to cushion the rows of teeth and prevent aggravating contact as you rest.
When participating in your favorite athletic event, most people know how important it is to wear helmets, kneepads, and other protective gear – but what about your teeth? Smiles are at risk for damage in sports where physical contact with other players or hard objects is a possibility, which is why Dr. John strongly recommends the use of a custom-made oral appliance (“sportsguard”) from our Edmond practice. These devices are superior to the “one-size-fits-all” models you’d find at your nearest athletics store, providing a sturdy, comfortable fit that still allows for easy breathing and movement.
Oral Cancer Screenings
There are tens of thousands of new cases of oral cancer every year, and on average, one person will die from the condition every hour. These staggering statistics exist in part because most patients aren’t properly diagnosed until their cancer has already progressed to an advanced stage, which makes recovery difficult. Here in Edmond, Dr. John prioritizes his patients’ safety by providing oral cancer screenings as an essential part of every checkup. Our team’s goal is to identify concerning symptoms as early as possible!
Fluoride is a valuable mineral that many communities add to their water supplies, and for good reason – research has shown that drinking fluoridated water on a regular basis can lead to stronger tooth enamel and fewer instances of cavities. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of bottled water has led to many families missing out on these benefits. If we determine that you or your children aren’t receiving the necessary level of exposure to fluoride, our team may recommend professional applications as an element of regular checkups and cleanings.
Quality Oral Hygiene Products
While professional appointments at a trusted dental office are essential for achieving and maintaining optimal oral health, your at-home routine is also a vital component of a thriving smile. If you’re in need of a recommendation for quality toothpaste, toothbrushes, or mouthwash products, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. John and the rest of our team here in Edmond. In particular, we are likely to suggest Clinpro™ anti-cavity toothpaste, which has been shown to strengthen teeth and remineralize tooth structure more effectively than other leading brands.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by your general physician or a specialist, you may not realize that a dentist like Dr. John can provide you with the effective therapy you need to enjoy quality, uninterrupted rest once more. With a customized oral appliance (also known as a “snoreguard”), the tongue and/or jaw can be comfortably repositioned in order to prevent airway blockage, allowing for easy breathing throughout the night.