Preventive Dentistry – Jackson, MS
How We Protect Smiles in Jackson
Brushing and flossing every day can help lower your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, but if you want your smile to be as safe as possible, you should also see a dentist at least twice a year. During your regular dental checkups, Dr. Malley can address minor dental issues before they turn into major problems, letting you keep your beautiful natural smile for a long time to come. If it has been a while since your last appointment, give us a call today to schedule a visit and get your teeth the care they deserve with preventive dentistry in Jackson.
Why Choose Lakeland Dental Care for Preventive Dentistry?
- Same Dentist and Hygienist Every Visit
- Wide Menu of Services Under a Single Roof
- Up to Date with the Latest Dental Technology
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Dental checkups involve thoroughly examining your teeth, gums, and jawbone for signs of damage, decay, or disease. Most dental problems are easier to manage if diagnosed early, so we’ll let you know immediately if we find anything to be concerned about. During the teeth cleaning phase of your visit, we’ll remove any plaque or tartar that has built up in your mouth. This helps get rid of harmful bacteria before they have time to form cavities or cause other oral health problems.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer may not get a lot of attention in the media, but it is an extremely deadly disease, causing at least one death in the United States every hour. To give yourself the best chance of successfully treating oral cancer, you need to have it diagnosed as early as possible. During each dental checkup, we’ll look for lumps, discolored patches, and other possible cancer symptoms; if we find any, we can refer you to a specialist who will help you determine whether further treatment is necessary.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria and natural acids attacking your enamel. If you want to avoid cavities, you’ll want to make sure your enamel stays as strong as possible. This is where fluoride comes in; its properties help make your teeth more resistant to decay. While you’ll normally get plenty of fluoride from tap water and oral hygiene products, our team can give your smile an extra dose after your regular checkups. That way, your teeth will have even better protection between now and your next visit.
Did you know that the chewing surfaces of your back teeth are particularly vulnerable to cavities? They have multiple crevices where bacteria can become trapped, and their location can make them hard to brush. With a clear, thin layer of plastic known as a dental sealant, we can protect your at-risk teeth by sealing them off from cavity-causing organisms and substances. This treatment is usually recommended for children, but it can also help adults keep their smiles safe.
Even sports that don’t normally involve contact could still result in dental accidents; for example, you could fall while running and break a tooth when your jaw hits the ground. To keep your smile as safe as possible, we recommend wearing one of our custom-made athletic mouthguards. This seemingly simple oral appliance acts as a protective layer between your teeth and the point of impact. Even if you do get hit in your mouth, your smile will be protected from the worst of the blow.
Nightguards for Bruxism
During one of your checkups, we might find that your teeth look extremely worn down and flat. This could be a sign that you’re grinding them while you’re asleep due to bruxism. We’ll need to act quickly to protect your teeth from further harm, which is why we offer custom-made nightguards. If you wear your nightguard while you’re asleep, it will keep your upper and lower rows of teeth separated during the night so that they don’t damage each other.
While you could find a separate dentist for your little ones, it’s always more convenient to have a practice that the entire family can go to! We’re more than happy to welcome the youngest members of your family for checkups, cleanings, and other children's dentistry services. Our team will take the time to make sure your child is comfortable during their appointment so that they have a good first impression of what dentistry is like; this can encourage them to take better care of their smiles in the future.