Preventive Dentistry Helps Protect and Strengthen Smiles for the Long Term
Preventive dentistry is an essential part of ongoing oral health care – after all, isn’t it easier to stop dental problems before they start? That’s why Dr. Eck, Dr. Sage, and the rest of our staff strongly recommend that children and adults alike visit Legacy Dental SA at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. During this time, we can form a comprehensive understanding of your smile’s current needs and recommend any necessary treatment. Other helpful services are also available to provide your teeth with plenty of support and guard them against common threats. If you’re from the Castle Hills Forest area or nearby, please contact our San Antonio practice today to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you!
Checkups & Cleanings
Every patient, both young and old, need to undergo routine examinations by a dental team they know and trust. Why? Because even the most diligent brushers and flossers can end up with dental problems that go unnoticed by the untrained eye, and we can save you a lot of grief, discomfort, and even money by catching these problems early on in their development. During your checkup, one of our doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaw, and other aspects of your oral health. If they find any causes for concern, they will let you know and work with you to formulate a treatment plan that addresses the problem.
We also have a very talented hygiene department who excel at keeping teeth squeaky clean! Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar are constantly forming in the mouth, and if they’re allowed time to harden into place, regular oral hygiene at home won’t get rid of them. We’ll perform a thorough cleaning that eliminates these decay-causing elements and leaves you with a smile that feels wholly refreshed.
At Legacy Dental SA, we love seeing kids! In fact, we’ve been in business for so long that many of the kids we are treating are fourth generation patients! Forming a positive association with dentistry early on in life is very important, and we do our best to make this experience as fun and comfortable as possible for our littlest patients. We’ll start out with quick, gentle checkups and then slowly build on our approach, always keeping an eye out for developmental concerns and pesky cavities that need attention. We look forward to watching both them and their smile grow over the years!
For younger patients, learning how to brush and floss properly can be a long process. After all, little arms often struggle when it comes to reaching those far-away teeth in the back of the mouth. Unfortunately, these premolars and molars feature thick grooves in their chewing surfaces, which are prime targets for food particles and decay-causing bacteria. Our team is very familiar with this threat, and we can apply dental sealants as a quick and easy “shield” that keeps teeth safer. The application process is quick and painless, and your child’s sealants should last for multiple years!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is a big problem for countless people, especially adults who regularly feel stressed by professional and personal commitments. It’s not enough that bruxism leaves your jaw hurting and your teeth damaged – it also tends to happen at night when people are asleep and unaware of the problem! Thankfully, it is possible to protect yourself with the help of a nightguard from our team. This oral appliance is designed to be worn as the patient rests, providing a sturdy barrier between the rows of teeth that prevent harmful contact.
Are you (or your child) a big athlete? Do you regularly participate in activities where there’s a possibility of contact with objects, hard surfaces, or other players? While it is common sense these days to protect your head from direct hits, many people still leave their vulnerable smile completely unprotected. At Legacy Dental SA, we strongly recommend patients of all ages wear a custom-crafted sportsguard. These devices are a big step up from the “one-size-fits-all” models, providing personalized coverage that’s sturdy and comfortable.
Oral Cancer Screening
You surely know the dangers of cavities and gum disease – but what about oral cancer? This life-threatening condition is experienced by tens of thousands of people every year, many of whom don’t live long past their diagnosis. This is because oral cancer often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed until the later, more destructive stages.
At Legacy Dental SA, our doctors and team members care about your safety. That’s why we perform an oral cancer screening at every checkup, carefully reviewing the mouth and oral tissues for signs that may point to cancerous cells. The earlier we can raise the alarm, the better chances are that you’ll experience a safe and successful recovery.
Today, most communities in the United States have added fluoride to their municipal water supplies – but why? The answer is good news for your smile: this valuable mineral has been shown through countless studies over the years to have a positive effect on oral health! Patients who grow up drinking fluoridated water tend to have stronger tooth enamel and fewer cavities on average than those who do not. If you regularly drink bottled water, you and your children may need some extra help when it comes to getting that beneficial exposure. If needed, our team will recommend professional fluoride applications here in San Antonio to toughen teeth up.