Preventive Dentistry in Trophy Club, TX
Keep your mouth healthy with twice-yearly teeth cleanings
It is important to visit Trophy Club family dentist David Crumpton, DDS, at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. This proactive approach will help keep your mouth happy and reduce the chance you will develop gum disease or have a cavity that goes undetected that ends up getting infected.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Trophy Club family dentist Dr. Crumpton removes the decay and fills the tooth using a variety of composite fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown (a crown is like a large filling that can cap a tooth, making it stronger or covering it). Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Trophy Club family dentist Dr. Crumpton can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.
Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to us today.
Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:
- Don’t scold a child when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don’t suck his or her thumb.
- Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety – thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
- Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
- Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer strikes approximately 40,000 Americans each year. Smoking, using chewing tobacco and the excessive consumption of alcohol are all key risk factors for developing oral cancer. Trophy Club dentist David Crumpton, DDS, performs oral cancer screening during each dental exam. We will discuss your health history, and if any lesions are found, we will biopsy the area and send it off to a lab for analysis.
If you are new in town, or looking for a new dentist, contact family dentist David Crumpton, DDS today. We have been serving Trophy Club, Keller, and Roanoke for 20 years. Our friendly dental hygiene staff will help educate you on how to keep your mouth healthy in between cleanings.