When you're proactive about your oral health, you'll enjoy many benefits, including a beautiful smile for life. At Wichita Dental Group in Wichita KS, our family dentistry team, headed by Dr. John Lewis, provides the in-office care and counsel you need to ward off damage and high-cost procedures.
Strong teeth and pink, intact gums, according to your Wichita, KS Family Dentistry team
They're the basis of a healthy smile. To keep teeth and gums functioning and attractive, brush twice a day to remove the plaque which leads to gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. Use fluoride toothpaste for its enamel-strengthening properties and cavity prevention.
Also, floss daily using strand floss, a water flosser, or inter-proximal brushes. You'll remove the food particles your toothbrush cannot. Include water throughout your daily routine to wash teeth and gums and increase saliva--important for its antibacterial qualities.
Next, eat well. As Americans, we all know the good from the bad food choices. Limit sugar, carbs, and acidic foods. Consume several servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Lastly, if you smoke, think seriously about stopping. Tobacco causes bad breath, gum disease, and oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that when you quit the habit, your chances of developing this awful malignancy drop by 50 percent.
See your Wichita, KS Family Dentistry team
What does preventive care involve? Dr. John Lewis provides biannual appointments for a cleaning and exam. Professional care offers many benefits to patients of all ages, including:
- A check for dental decay and gum disease
- Assessment of dental bite, jaw joint function, signs of wear and condition of crowns, fillings, veneers, and other existing dental work
- A fast and easy inspection for oral cancer (lumps, sores, areas of discoloration)
- X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
Dr. John Lewis will share his exam findings with you, show you ways to improve oral hygiene and tell you what, if any, restorative services you need. Also, he may advise you on cosmetic changes which would improve your smile appearance and self-confidence too.
Other preventive services
Wichita Dental Group offers customized mouth guards to protect you, or your youngster, during sports. There are also sealants, which coat back teeth with a thin layer of plastic that is impervious to the bacteria and acids which cause tooth decay. Sealants are great for both kids and adults.
Why treat it when you can prevent it?
At Wichita Dental Group, Dr. John Lewis and his staff work with their patients to stop oral health problems before they gain a foothold. So, why not call your family dentist at his Wichita KS office to arrange your routine cleaning and check-up? Call us at (316) 265-0849.