Family Dentistry for Plano Smiles
People have different oral health needs as they age. Your little ones are likely at a higher risk of tooth decay than you are, while your own needs may include gum disease treatment or protecting yourself from nighttime teeth grinding. Family dentistry in Plano keeps smiles of all ages in mind, beginning with checkups and cleanings for you and all of your loved ones to special preventive services that go the extra mile to keep oral health hazards at bay.
Checkups & Cleanings
Checkups and cleanings are the foundation of every healthy, long-lasting smile. We recommend patients of all ages schedule and attend two routine appointments per year, preferably every six months.
During a checkup and cleaning, our Plano hygiene team will begin by removing all the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and around the gums while also monitoring for the presence of gum disease. Deep pockets between the teeth and gums indicate infection and the need for improved oral hygiene and possibly treatment.
Once your cleaning is complete, Dr. Antoon will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and oral structures, looking for issues like tooth decay, weak, worn enamel, broken or malfunctioning dental work, and other oral health problems. If any issues are detected, we will put together a treatment plan to get your smile back on track ASAP — and if not, we will look forward to seeing you in six months!
Children’s smiles have different needs from adults as they are more vulnerable to cavities between the ages 6 and 14 or so before their tooth enamel fully hardens. Early orthodontic intervention can also reduce treatment times with braces later on. As a children’s dentist, Dr. Antoon is well-prepared to care for young smiles with a friendly, personalized approach kiddos love. He and the team will put your little one on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Dental sealants are a valuable preventive treatment. They protect the premolars and molars from the buildup of acids, bacteria, and food particles that can become lodged in the irregular surface and accelerate the rate of tooth decay. They are especially useful for children who may have a harder time cleaning these back teeth properly. Dental sealants can be applied in a few minutes and without any discomfort at the end of a routine checkup and cleaning.
The mineral fluoride is well-known for its oral health benefits. Most tap water sources in the United States have been treated with it, and every toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association will contain it. A topical fluoride treatment applied at the completion of a checkup and cleaning will strengthen your tooth enamel, remineralize it and help to protect your teeth from the acids and bacteria they will encounter until your next appointment.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching that can leave you with weak, worn, and broken tooth enamel. Migraines, neck pain, and earaches are also common. You can protect your smile and surrounding structures from the harmful effects of bruxism with a custom-fitted nightguard. Because it is created specifically for your smile, a nightguard is both highly comfortable and maximally effective. You’ll wear it while you sleep to cushion the tooth enamel from subconscious grinding and clenching.
Mouthguards / Sportsguards
If you or your child participate in contact sports, investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard or sportsguard is crucial. Most dental emergencies — like knocked out teeth, broken teeth, and others — are caused by sports injuries. Wearing this small piece of plastic can help protect the teeth from impacts and accidental trauma. Some studies also show that a customized mouthguard can actually reduce the incidence of concussion as well. It’s a small but important investment in your family’s oral and overall health.