If you are brushing and flossing your teeth every day (of course you are!), you are already engaging in a basic form of preventative dentistry. From reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease (which ranges from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontal disease, which can result in tooth loss), and cosmetic issues like staining and discoloration, the goal of preventative dentistry is to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. John Lewis, a dentist in Wichita, KS, offers a range of services designed to diagnose and treat dental problems before they can progress and cause significant damage.
Preventative Dentistry and Gum Disease Treatment in Wichita, KS
Like many common health problems, dental issues are generally progressive, meaning they develop slowly and grow over time if left untreated. A small cavity caught early may easily be repaired with a basic dental filling, while a larger one left to grow may result in pain, infection and significant loss of healthy tooth matter (or even extraction in extreme cases).
Regular check-ups with a dentist (Dr. Lewis recommends an oral exam and professional dental cleaning every six months in most cases), along with good oral hygiene practices at home are the most important factor in maintaining healthy teeth and gums long term.
The full range of preventative dentistry services at Wichita Dental Group, PA include:
- Dental cleanings and oral exams
- Oral cancer screenings
- Gum disease diagnosis and treatment
- Dental sealants
- TMJ/Bruxism therapy
- Mouthguard and sports guard protection
Even with basic care and prevention, some people are naturally at a greater risk for developing gum disease, due to genetic and lifestyle factors, like family history or smoking. Working with a dentist to develop an individual treatment and prevention plan is the best way to avoid potentially serious dental issues in the future, and to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Find a Dentist in Wichita, KS
It is never too late to begin the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Contact Wichita Dental Group, PA by calling (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental exam and professional cleaning with Dr. Lewis today! We are always welcoming new patients to become a part of our dental family!