A healthy smile takes hard work to maintain. Good oral hygiene is obviously an important step, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still benefit from a professional touch. At Cove Choice Dental, we encourage all of our patients and their loved ones to visit us at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings so that we can keep your entire family grinning from ear to ear. Get in touch with us today if it’s been at least six months since your last appointment for preventive dentistry in Copperas Cove, TX.
Some people think they can get away with not seeing the dentist unless a serious issue occurs. However, in many cases, gum disease and cavities can start to develop without you even realizing it. We can catch these problems in their earliest stages during a routine checkup and deal with them appropriately. Biannual dental visits also allow us to remove plaque that has built up in the areas that you haven’t been able to clean effectively by yourself.
Do you keep waking up with pain in your jaw? It might mean that you’re grinding and clenching your teeth at night. This is a condition called bruxism, which is often linked to stress, an abnormal bite, or crooked teeth. The root of the problem is often unknown, but there’s a simple way to prevent further damage: a customized nightguard that protects your enamel from being worn down over time. The nightguards we provide are tear-resistant, comfortable, and fitted for each unique mouth.
Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay by strengthening the enamel and reducing plaque buildup. You normally ingest fluoride through the public water supply and certain foods. However, we can also apply it topically to your teeth in order to give them extra protection. Fluoride treatments can be completed in just a few minutes; you’ll need to avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for a short while afterwards while your teeth absorb the minerals.
Oral cancer can easily be life-threatening if it isn’t diagnosed and treated early on. We can check for symptoms of oral cancer as well as pre-cancerous conditions during your regular visits. Common symptoms include discolored spots anywhere in the mouth, sores that bleed easily, unusual lumps or rough spots, oral pain or tenderness, and general difficulty chewing. If we find abnormalities that make us suspect the presence of cancer, we can perform simple tests to help you figure out your next step in seeking care.