In dentistry, prevention is the name of the game. Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch would much rather help a patient avoid a dental problem than have to fix it later, and the services detailed below help her accomplish exactly that. With just two preventive appointments each year, she can help you and your loved ones have the kind of healthy, problem-free smiles you never have to worry about! To schedule your next checkup, just give us a call today.
Checkups & Cleanings
When it comes to safeguarding a person’s oral health for the long-term, nothing does it better than your standard checkup and cleaning. A “checkup,” or oral exam, gives Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch the chance to look at your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw to make sure everything is in good shape. She’s able to spot issues way before the average person, meaning she’s also able to take care of them well before they can affect the smile.
And with a cleaning, one of our highly-experienced hygienists will remove all of the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth that is the root cause of so many dental problems. Plus, this can help break up minor surface stains to keep your teeth nice and white as well!
In adults and children alike, cavities are most likely to occur on the rough chewing surfaces of the back teeth, as they are prone to trap food particles and plaque. To give these teeth some extra protection, we can use what is called a dental sealant. For this, we’ll apply a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance onto the teeth that will harden into an invisible barrier that cavity-causing plaque, acids, and bacteria cannot cross.
Dental injuries are actually one of the most common types of sports injuries, no matter an athlete’s age or level of play. To help keep you or your child’s smile nice and whole, we can provide you with a custom-made mouthguard. It will be more comfortable than anything you can buy at the store, and its special design will also enable it to better defend the teeth, lips, and gums from unexpected impacts. Plus, properly-fitted mouthguards have also been shown to help reduce the risk of concussions.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Absolutely everyone has to deal with a certain amount of stress day to day, but for some, this causes them to clench their jaw and grind their teeth while they sleep, which is a condition called bruxism. Over time, this can severely wear down the teeth and even strain the jaw joints, but thankfully, we can prevent this by having a patient wear a nightguard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece comfortably fits over the teeth and provides a protective barrier to prevent them from grinding together during the night.
Oral Cancer Screenings
The number one key to successfully treating and surviving oral cancer is early detection, which is why Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch recommends that all adults should have at least one oral cancer screening per year. To make things nice and easy, she always performs one as part of a patient’s regular checkup. For this, she’ll examine your lips, gums, tongue, roof/floor of the mouth, cheeks, throat, neck, and face for any signs of the disease. Should she find anything, she’ll quickly help you get the follow-up treatment you need.
Fluoride is found in nature, but you’ll also find it added to toothpaste and tap water because this mineral has long been shown to help strengthen the teeth against pesky decay and cavities. Due to changing dietary habits, however, most people don’t actually get enough fluoride every day to keep their teeth fully protected, which is why Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch is happy to provide a topical fluoride treatment at every standard checkup. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to keep a person cavity-free all year.
Accidents happen, and should you experience one that concerns your teeth, you can rest assured that you have an emergency dentist who’s ready to help. Whether you’re dealing with a knocked out tooth, severe toothache, or damaged dental work, just give Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch a call, and our team will work to see you as quickly as possible to provide the care you need.
Our team is happy to start seeing the youngest members of your family starting around age three or four, which is when the American Dental Association suggests that children should start having regular checkups and cleanings. At our practice, we have the fun and friendly environment children need to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar place, plus we have a multitude of treatments designed specifically to help little smiles grow into big, beautiful grins.