Preventive Dentistry

Many people don’t realize how easy it really is to maintain excellent oral health and a problem-free smile. The answer is prevention, and it’s simple: brush twice a day, floss once, and visit your dentist for six-month cleanings and checkups.

Dr. Jennifer Kunkel and Dr. Kathryn Davis are dentists in Needville who want their patients to understand how routine preventive dental services can benefit them. When we find gum disease or cavities in their early stages, we still have affordable, conservative treatment options. If you miss appointments and we don’t catch these issues early on, treatment options tend to become more costly and complicated.

Preventive dentistry makes sense because it helps spare your family the discomfort of toothaches and emergency dental visits and can even help you save on dental costs over the long term.

Routine Dental Exams Every Six Months

The American Dental Association recommends a routine of preventive dental visits twice a year for patients with healthy smiles. If you are a new patient with us, these appointments help us build your patient record; for current patients, we use them to track your oral health and detect changes since we last saw you.

During your comprehensive examination, we look at each tooth, check your gums, and ensure that all your dental work is in good condition. Every check-up also includes a head and neck exam and an oral cancer screening. 

Professional Teeth Cleanings Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease

A common misconception is that you don't need professional cleanings if you brush and floss regularly. Brushing and flossing at home is crucial, but it can't take the place of professional cleanings. Teeth cleanings at Needville Family Dentistry remove the traces of plaque and tartar your toothbrush can't and ensures your teeth are as clean as they can be.

One of our skilled hygienists uses special dental instruments to eliminate bacteria-filled plaque from tight spaces between teeth and remove tartar (hardened plaque). Without routine hygiene appointments, plaque and tartar that sits on your teeth lead to cavities and gum disease.

Better Oral Health Contributes to Better Overall Health

In the last few years, we have seen plenty of evidence that shows a direct link between oral health conditions and our general health and well-being. Chronic gum disease has been proven to contribute to numerous serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer

Most people are unaware of this connection, so we place a strong emphasis on patient education. What you don’t know can hurt you. Our dentists in Needville will support you in your quest for a healthier smile and use every method available to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But it’s crucial to us that you also understand the consequences of not doing so.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Cleaning in Needville, TX

At Needville Family Dentistry, we don’t believe it’s productive to judge or lecture our patients about their past oral habits. If you face numerous oral health issues, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment. We will do everything we can to help restore your oral health and provide supportive and non-judgmental care.

We are pleased to serve patients in Needville and the surrounding communities of Wharton, Boling-Lago, Fairchilds, Crabb, and beyond.