Preventive Care in Columbus, MS
At Shipp Family Dentistry, we emphasize prevention when it comes to dental treatment. Our goal is always to find problems while they are in their smallest stages. That’s when they less invasive to treat—and less expensive.
With biannual examinations and cleanings, we can often prevent even the most common dental problems.
Preventive Care Means Healthy Smiles for Life
Maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile means making a commitment to preventive care. Good home care is important, so brushing and flossing every day is essential. But you must also visit the dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings.
Our office is well equipped with some of the most modern pieces of dental technology, so your visits to us are more efficient. We also use preventive treatments, such as sealants and fluoride, to help ensure long-term dental health.
You might wonder why we recommend you come in twice every year for examinations. It’s important to have your teeth and gums examined regularly; many dental problems in their earliest stages come with no symptoms. For example, often the only way to know if you have gum disease is when your dentist identifies it.
Your dentist is likely the only medical professional who closely examines your mouth and who would be able to see the earliest signs of oral cancer.
It’s important to have a set of x-rays done each year as well. Even the smallest changes with your teeth and gums can be more readily detected—before they can be seen with the naked eye.
You may be a dedicated twice-a-day brusher and once-a-day flosser, but that is not enough to keep plaque and tartar from building up along your gum line and between your teeth. The only way to completely remove this hard substance is with your dental hygienist’s special dental tools. If tartar is left unchecked, it can eventually lead to gum disease.
Many people don’t even realize they have gum disease until it is quite advanced. If we can catch gum disease early, we can restore your gums to health with our deep cleanings. If you don’t treat gum disease, it can lead to serious health problems, including tooth loss.
For most people, cleanings twice each year are adequate. But some of our patients benefit from coming in more frequently, particularly those who suffer from gum disease. If you fall into that category, Dr. Shipp will discuss an appropriate cleaning schedule for you.
Additional Preventive Treatments
If you have children, we will likely talk to you about additional preventive treatments that can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride and sealants, in particular, can be helpful in protecting your children’s teeth.
Call to Schedule Your Next Appointment
Whether you are due for a routine cleaning and checkup or it’s simply been a while since your last visit to the dentist, give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled.