The cornerstone of a strong, beautiful smile is good oral health. Every day, your teeth and gums are subjected to crushing pressure, an onslaught from bacteria, and extreme temperature fluctuations. Sticky plaque turns to hard tartar, which (when combined with decaying food particles) can contribute to cavities, gum disease, and halitosis (bad breath). To maintain optimal oral health, regular checkups and cleanings are essential. Dr. Scott stands by the American Dental Association’s recommendation that you visit the dentist at least twice a year and more often if directed.
Even patients who diligently brush and floss need ongoing professional support to maintain oral health – after all, many problems can develop in ways that go unnoticed by untrained eyes. Our team would like to see patients of all ages every six months for a comprehensive examination and in-depth cleaning. These visits give us the opportunity to understand your smile’s current condition and recommend treatment as soon as it becomes necessary.
It’s never too early to develop a positive outlook when it comes to visits with the dentist, and our team would love to help your son or daughter get started on the right foot towards lifelong oral health. We maintain a very friendly and warm office space that prioritizes comfort, and our variety of services has several options that can benefit growing smiles. Dr. Scott looks forward to forming a trusting relationship with children and their families that will hopefully last for many years.
Dental sealants are an effective preventive measure that can protect the smiles of children and adults alike. They’re made of a safe, plastic-based substance that is painted directly onto the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars. Once the sealants have hardened in place, food particles and harmful bacteria will be less capable of gathering in the pits and grooves, reducing your overall risk of cavities in these vulnerable areas.
Do you commonly wake up with severe jaw pain or teeth that feel sore and injured? A visit to Dr. Scott’s office may reveal that you’re struggling with bruxism, which is more commonly known as habitual teeth grinding/clenching. While every case is different, an overwhelming majority of patients only experience bruxism while they sleep, which means they’re unaware of the damage they’re causing to their smile. A custom-made nightguard can work wonders in protecting the rows of the teeth and minimizing these harmful effects.
If you or a family member regularly plays sports that include the possibility of physical contact (whether with other players, objects, or hard surfaces), investing in a sportsguard is crucial for the ongoing livelihood of your smile. While these appliances can be bought off the shelf at your local athletics store, their “one-size-fits-all” model will likely be an uncomfortable distraction throughout the game. Instead, Dr. Scott can design a custom-made sportsguard that’s suited for your mouth’s unique shape, resulting in superior comfort and stability. You will also be able to breathe and speak clearly without difficulty
Oral cancer claims a life every hour on average, and a vast majority of these cases weren’t positively diagnosed until they’d already reached advanced, destructive stages. Because of their familiarity with your oral structures, your dentist is truly the first line of defense against this dangerous condition, and Dr. Scott takes this responsibility seriously here in West Monroe. Oral cancer screenings will be performed during each checkup in order to pinpoint abnormalities as soon as they appear. The earlier it’s discovered, the greater chances are that patients can experience a smooth, successful recovery.
Regular exposure to the mineral fluoride can have lifelong positive effects on your smile’s strength and vitality, which is why most communities in the United States have integrated it into their public water supplies. If you and your family prefer bottled water, though, you may be missing out on these benefits. Professional fluoride applications are available at our practice during checkups and cleanings as a convenient, minutes-long process that can help you smile brighter.