Preventive Dentistry in Houston
KEEP YOUR SMILE BRIGHT & HEALTHY
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by stopping the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Houston dentist Dr. John Krell works diligently with his patients to avoid serious and costly dental problems, and his number one goal is to give everyone a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.
Dental Care for Families & Children
We’re able to treat your entire family under one roof, so whether you have small children or grandparents who need dental care, we’ll be happy to see them. We provide a wide variety of treatments that are great for patients of all ages, as well as ones that are specifically geared towards children (such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments). Whomever you bring to our office, you can trust that they’ll receive world-class service and always leave with a smile they can be proud of.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
With just two checkups and cleanings per year, you can have a flawless smile that you’ll be eager to show off. When you come to see us, our team will be able to clean those hard-to-reach spots everyone misses while brushing and flossing, as well as check for early signs of dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. By coming to see us regularly, we’ll be able to treat dental problems quickly before they can become a real headache.
Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) is a serious infection that can threaten your oral health and your confident smile over time – in fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. Here in Houston, our team strives to diagnose and treat this condition as early as possible with effective therapy options. If you notice symptoms like oral bleeding after brushing and flossing or swollen gum tissue, don’t hesitate to contact us.
This treatment is ideal for children who are still learning how to brush their teeth and adults who are prone to developing cavities. It involves applying a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance to the teeth to protect them from the accumulation of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Patients usually only need them on the back teeth because they can be difficult to clean due to their many small, hard-to-reach surfaces.
Do you or your children play sports? If so, you should always make sure your/their teeth are protected because dental injuries are actually one of the most common sports injuries! Rather than buying a generic, ill-fitting mouthguard from the store, we can make you a completely custom one right here in our office. Our mouthguards will fit better than anything you can find on store shelves. Not only are they more comfortable, but they’ll also do a much better job of keeping your smile safe.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition where a person grinds their teeth at night. Over time, this can severely weaken the teeth and even cause them to crack and break. To protect you from this, we can provide you with a small, custom-made mouthpiece called a nightguard. You’ll only wear it to bed, and it will provide a protective layer between your teeth so they can’t be damaged while you sleep. It’s a truly simple solution to a potentially serious problem.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and many will not survive the next five years because the disease wasn’t caught until it reached an advanced stage. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to ensure success when it comes to treating oral cancer, which is why we will always perform a screening during your regular checkup. We’ll examine your gums, tongue, lips, throat, and neck for any signs of the disease, and we can tell you what to do next if we find anything that causes concern.
This is a quick and easy treatment that will give your teeth an extra layer of protection from tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that actually strengthens your teeth by giving back what plaque takes away. This is why you’ll see it so often in toothpastes and public water sources. We’ll simply have you rinse your mouth with a highly concentrated fluoride solution for a few minutes, and that’s it! This treatment is great for everyone, but it is especially good for children who are still learning to take care of their teeth.
Dental Home Care
Many patients only see us twice a year for checkups and cleanings, so most of their dental care actually occurs at home. We’re more than happy to help you and your family learn about the best ways to take care of your teeth, and we can even let you know which products will work best for your individual smiles. We can also supply specialized products like the prescription toothpaste PreviDent. Below, you can follow the links to learn just a little bit more about how to take care of your teeth every day.
Don’t hesitate to contact our Houston office if you or a family member is experiencing a dental emergency. Our dentists will make time to see these patients as soon as possible, providing much-needed relief from serious injury, oral pain, and more. Your dental needs are important to us, and the last thing we want to do is keep you waiting in these dire situations.