It can be difficult to find an oral health professional that helps children, seniors, and everyone in between with equal effectiveness. Our dentist is the doctor who can serve an entire family when they come to our practice. James Gallagher, DDS, provides family dentistry to our neighboring communities. Patients of any age near our community can come to us and have their health protected.
Attending dental exams at least twice a year is the cornerstone of keeping the smile healthy. These visits allow Dr. Gallagher to detect and treat any serious dental concerns when they are still small.
These exams are particularly important for the long-term health of young patients. Most dental phobias start in childhood. A pediatric patient does not understand why they are going through treatment. This lack of knowledge causes them to panic and fear the dentist. Unless this mindset is changed in youth, the child may grow into an adult who is too uncomfortable to receive necessary care. But, by bringing your kids for routine checkups, you give Dr. Gallagher the opportunity to help them understand dentistry.
Every exam is followed by a thorough, comfortable dental cleaning. The plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease is carefully removed from the smile.
Additionally, Dr. Gallagher can provide preventive dental treatments after the cleaning. Fluoride strengthens the enamel to make teeth of all ages more resistant to decay. Sealants are added to the molars of children to prevent food particles and bacteria from collecting in their folds and pits.
Exams find oral health problems when they are small enough to be reversed. Cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. However, these solutions only last if the patient knows how to effectively protect their smile between appointments.
As part of a patient’s visit to our practice in Kingwood, Dr. Gallagher teaches them the habits that keep their teeth and gums healthy between visits. This patient education includes demonstrations of the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. Dr. Gallagher also shows them how acidic and sugary foods jeopardize the health of their teeth, helping them adjust their diet to minimize their tooth decay risks. Any other advice our dentist has is offered as well.
With this information at hand, our patients are better able to stay healthy in the long term.
James Gallagher, DDS, provides preventive dental care to patients of almost any age. You, your children, and your parents can all see our dentist and improve the health of your smiles. For more information, call our practice today!
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