Good oral hygiene and preventive care are essential for maintaining a beautiful, undamaged smile. Tooth decay and gum disease may not seem particularly harmful at first, but if you leave them alone for too long, you could end up losing your teeth altogether. If you haven’t had a dental appointment in at least six months, now’s the time to get in touch with Dr. Courter; he can help protect your smile from the plaque and tartar that leads to oral health issues. Contact us for preventive dentistry in Midland, TX at the dental office of Michael C. Courter, DDS.
Why Choose Dr. Michael Courter for Preventive Dentistry?
Warm, Caring Atmosphere
Dentist Who Listens to and Gets to Know Patients
Sealants Available for Hard-to-Clean Teeth
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
During your checkup, Dr. Courter will carefully examine your mouth for signs of oral health problems; thanks to his attention to detail, he can often detect cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other issues before they have a chance to do too much damage. After the examination, we can thoroughly clean your teeth and gums in order to remove any plaque and tartar that you’ve missed while brushing on your own.
Fluoride has been an important part of oral hygiene for decades. This natural mineral promotes strong, healthy tooth enamel and helps fight against bacteria that cause dental decay. Depending on your risk for cavities and your overall oral health, we might recommend a fluoride treatment. During this simple procedure, highly concentrated fluoride is applied directly to your teeth. It only takes a few minutes, but the added protection it provides could make all the difference!
Did you know that molars are the teeth most likely to develop cavities? This is because many patients – especially children – have trouble keeping the teeth near the back of their mouths clean. In these cases, Dr. Courter might recommend applying dental sealants, which act as a shield to prevent plaque and food from becoming trapped in the nooks and crannies of the molars. After your teeth are cleaned and prepared, the sealant is painted directly onto the enamel and allowed to harden.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If your teeth have become flattened and worn down, or if you frequently suffer from headaches or jaw pain, you could be suffering from bruxism. This common condition causes you to grind and clench your teeth at night while you’re asleep and could do permanent damage to your pearly whites. Luckily, you can protect them by wearing a nightguard. The nightguards that Dr. Courter provides will be precisely fitted so that they fit as comfortably as possible in your mouth.