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Preventive Dentistry in River Oaks


Smiling Houston dental patient in dental chairA 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, beautiful smile.

Dental Care for Families & Children

Happy young girl receiving sticker from dental assistantWe’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). Whoever 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.

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Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Houston dentist examining patient during checkup and cleaningWith 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 the 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.

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Dental Sealants

Perfect white teeth with dental sealantsThis 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 composite resin 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.

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TMJ Therapy

Mid-20s dental patient with TMJ/bruxism painThe hinges on your jaw that connect it to your head are called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and like any other joint in the body, it can become strained or injured. This often leads to a condition known as bruxism, where a patient unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth at night. We can treat a wide variety of jaw alignment problems right in our office, and we will always keep an eye on it during your regular checkup.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Nightguard for treating bruxismBruxism 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.

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Mouthguards & Sportsguards

Lacrosse player with custom sportsguardDo 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-fitted one right here in our office. Our mouthguards will fit better than anything you can find on store shelves, which not only will make them more comfortable, but they’ll also do a much better job of keeping your smile safe.

Oral Cancer Screening

Houston dentist examining patient for oral cancerNearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and many will not survive the next 5 years because the disease was caught at an advanced stage. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to ensure success when it comes to 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.

Fluoride Treatment

Happy younger dental patient after fluoride treatmentThis 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.

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Dental Home Care

Woman brushing teeth at homeMost 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.

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