Preventive Care Huntsville AL
At King Dental, we have the skills and experience to treat a range of dental concerns, from cavities to root canals to missing teeth. Ideally, we’d prefer to use these skills as little as possible! The foundation of good dental care is prevention, and our office is dedicated to helping you prevent most common dental problems.
Routine Cleanings for Disease Prevention
For most people, we recommend twice-a-year cleanings with our gentle, skilled hygienists. If we feel you could benefit from a different cleaning schedule, we will let you know.
You might be wondering why you need professional cleanings when you brush and floss faithfully at home. First of all – great work! We love to hear that you’re maintaining excellent home care! But the fact is that even the most dedicated home care routine isn’t as effective as a professional cleaning.
Your mouth has so many little nooks and crannies where plaque can hide, and a toothbrush and floss can’t always reach them. When these areas get missed, the plaque turns into tartar, and tartar can only be removed with professional tools.
Consider the time factor, as well. If you’re following a good home care routine, you are probably brushing your teeth for about two minutes or so twice a day and flossing before bedtime. Your hygienist will spend most of an hour carefully observing your teeth, looking for plaque and tartar deposits, and using specially designed tools to remove them. Additionally, the hygienist has a full view of your mouth and will use instruments that magnify and mirrors that highlight areas that would not normally be visible.
Our hygienists are also trained to look for signs of periodontal disease. This chronic infection can be all but invisible in its earliest stages, but we know what we are looking for and can alert Dr. King to any concerns so that you can get treatment promptly. In most cases when it comes to dentistry, by the time it hurts, it’s a pretty big problem, so we want to catch it quick!
Regular Check-Ups to Catch Problems Early
Your check-up is an opportunity to meet with Dr. King so that he can carefully examine your teeth and use imaging technology to see what’s happening beneath your gums and your enamel.
If you are developing any kind of problem, we want to know about it as early as possible. We prefer to practice comfortable, stress-free dentistry, and treating problems early is an important factor in that. The earlier we catch a problem, the simpler, more comfortable, and less costly the treatment.
This is also a great opportunity for you to talk to Dr. King about any concerns or problems that you have. Have you been noticing an odd feeling in your teeth or gums? Let us know about it so that we can check it out. Maybe it was just a stuck popcorn kernel, or maybe you have an infection developing. We always want to hear your thoughts and answer your questions.
Call to Schedule Your Next Appointment
Whether it’s time for a routine cleaning and check-up or it’s been a while, just call us to schedule your appointment. We are looking forward to seeing you and helping you have great dental health!