Preventive Dentistry – San Marcos, TX

Protect Your Smile from Major Dental Issues

If you want to keep your smile looking and feeling its best, you can’t afford to wait until a problem occurs to see the dentist. Regular preventive dentistry in San Marcos is absolutely essential for protecting your grin from tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. If you schedule a dental checkup and cleaning at San Marcos Gentle Dental, one of our skilled dental experts can help you figure out what steps are needed to maintain your oral health.

Why Choose San Marcos Gentle Dental for Preventive Dentistry?

  • Highly Skilled
    Dental Experts
  • Dental Practice Serving Residents For 40+ Years
  • State-of-the-Art Technology

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Young woman receiving a preventive dental checkup

There are a couple of reasons why the ADA recommends visiting the dentist twice a year. For one thing, since many oral health issues develop silently, regular checkups increase the odds of catching dental problems early on. Additionally, your dentist can clean any areas that you might have missed while brushing on your own. In particular, they can help remove tartar, which is hardened in place and is difficult to get rid of without professional assistance.

Oral Cancer Screening

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Tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. The disease often proves deadly, especially for those who have it diagnosed after it has already spread. We do our part to protect our patients from oral cancer by looking for warning signs such as unusual lumps. If there is any reason to believe that you have oral cancer, we will inform you of our findings so that you can seek a biopsy.

Gum Disease Treatment

Close up of person with red spot in their gums

Did you know that in the United States, around three-quarters of all adults have gum disease? It’s important to have an infection of the gums treated long before it puts your teeth at risk. From scaling and root planing to laser periodontal and antibiotic therapy, we have plenty of options for treating gum disease and ensuring that it doesn’t grow more severe. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if your gums are swollen or seem to bleed easily.

Fluoride Treatment

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You should give your teeth regular exposure to fluoride in order to improve your protection against tooth decay. This typically isn’t a problem considering that fluoride can often be found in tap water, toothpaste, and certain foods. However, if your teeth seem to be more susceptible to decay than usual, it may be a good idea to have a simple fluoride treatment performed. Don’t worry; it’s a quick procedure that can easily fit into a routine appointment.

Nightguards for Bruxism

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Bruxism is when you unconsciously grind your teeth. Most of the time, this happens at night, so you may not even realize that it’s occurring. Untreated bruxism is a major cause of worn-down enamel and jaw pain. Luckily, you can often prevent further harm to your teeth and jaw by wearing a nightguard. When you get a nightguard from a dentist, you can expect to receive an oral appliance that has been designed to fit perfectly on your teeth.

TMJ Treatment

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In addition to treating your teeth and gums, we can also help you find relief from any jaw pain that you might be suffering from as part of a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Sometimes we might give you a custom-made occlusal splint, and in other cases, we might have to alter a few teeth to adjust your bite; we’ll personalize our approach according to your situation so that you can return to a pain-free lifestyle as soon as possible.