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Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Swinney Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

Modern dentistry offers many restorative and cosmetic choices, but with preventive dentistry, including regular checkups and at-home hygiene, you might never need involved dental work at all. The experienced dentists at Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, provide preventive dentistry services, including cleanings and checkups, to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool.

Preventive Dentistry

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry involves taking care of your teeth so that they stay healthy. It includes both at-home dental hygiene and coming in for regular dental cleanings and checkups at Swinney Dental. If you brush and floss daily and have your dentist clean and examine your teeth at least twice a year, you’re far less likely to need costly, involved dental work.

Many dental problems result from built-up plaque and tartar. If you don’t remove this buildup, bacteria easily finds a home in your mouth, which leads to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. With preventive dentistry, you can minimize these problems or avoid them altogether.

The team at Swinney Dental cleans your teeth with specialized tools. Thorough cleaning is more effective in removing buildup and stains than at-home brushing and flossing alone. In addition to improving your dental health, this thorough cleaning results in a brighter smile.

A preventive dentistry appointment gives your dentist an opportunity to examine you for dental and oral health issues. This includes taking X-rays using modern low-dose digital radiography equipment, looking for early signs of decay and gum disease, and checking to see if any of your restorations and cosmetic work need to be replaced.

Are dental cleanings supposed to hurt?

Dental cleanings aren’t supposed to be painful, but there can be some truth to your concern. If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist, in part because you’re worried it’ll hurt, an overdue dental cleaning can cause some discomfort.

Your teeth and gums become more sensitive if you’re not used to brushing and flossing. You’re also likely to have more buildup, which requires extra thorough cleaning.

The good news is that once you make dental care part of your routine, cleanings cause little to no pain. The team at Swinney Dental is dedicated to providing gentle care and helping you feel comfortable. They’d like to get you on the path to good dental health and hygiene.

How do I take care of my teeth at home?

Regular preventive dentistry appointments are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy, but you also need to take good care of your teeth at home between appointments.

The team at Swinney Dental recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. You can also benefit from using an antibacterial mouthwash and rinsing your mouth with water after meals. The practice staff is happy to provide guidance on proper oral hygiene, including caring for sensitive teeth.

The foods you eat can contribute to bacterial growth, and it’s easier to keep your teeth clean if there are less plaque and tartar, to begin with. Focus on nutritious foods and keep sugars and starches to a minimum. Any foods or substances that dry out your mouth, including alcohol and medicines, can harm your mouth.

Schedule a preventive dentistry appointment at Swinney Dental by calling or using the online booking tool.