Preventative Dentistry

Take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy smile.

Smile Source West Houston- Alice Lam, DDS offers several preventative dental services. You can read about some of our most common preventative services below, and be sure to make an appointment with us soon – we’ll help you keep your teeth in tiptop shape.

Periodic Oral Evaluations

We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients with good oral health. This suggestion is in line with the American Dental Association’s recommendation. Your exam will give us an opportunity to update your dental records and assess your oral health. Early treatment is always in your best interest.

How we can help:
An Periodic Oral Evaluation may include these services:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Dental health maintenance exam
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease assessment
  • Dental cleaning
  • Treatment consultation

Comprehensive Oral Evaluations

We recommend comprehensive oral evaluations at least every 1- 3 years to maintain good oral health. Dr.Lam wants to get to know you as an unique individual. Our comprehensive oral evaluations are customized in a way that we can discover together the aspects of your oral health and appearance that can be improved. You and Dr. Lam will gain valuable insight as you talk about your past dental experiences and what you want for yourself. This will allow us to help you achieve the results you want. This evaluation is a collaborative process.

How we can help:
An Comprehensive Oral Evaluation may include these services:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Comprehensive exam- evaluation of all your teeth
  • Head and Neck exam
  • Occlusal/ bite analysis
  • digital/ oral photos
  • Diagnostic cast
  • Review of Findings

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings will reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, plaque produces a foul odor, so when it’s removed, your breath should be fresher. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.

How we can help: To keep teeth and gums healthy, you need a dental cleaning, or hygiene visit, every six months. At this appointment, the dental hygienist will assess your gum tissue, record the findings, and determine what type of cleaning is beneficial for you. Not all patients are eligible for a “regular” cleaning. Depending on the gum tissue assessment; we provide treatments to accommodate your dental cleaning needs.

Periodontal “Gum” Therapy

‘Periodontal’ refers to gums, the soft pink skin that supports teeth and covers bones in the mouth. About 80 percent of American adults have gum disease, a bacterial infection that breaks down the bond between gums and teeth. Gum disease has serious overall health implications in that it is associated with increased potential for:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes complications
  • Heart attack/heart disease
  • Low-weight births
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke
  • Tooth loss

How we can help: Depending on your level of gum disease, our hygienist and Dr. Lam will recommend the appropriate therapy. If you have mild gingivitis, changing your oral home care routine could solve the problem. However, a deeper cleaning is often recommended for mild to moderate gum disease. This procedure involves scaling to remove hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) from below the gum line and root planing to reduce rough areas on your teeth’s roots where bacteria tend to gather and flourish.  Advanced gum disease cases may be referred to a periodontist. In some cases, surgery may be required.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US.  If you show signs of gum disease, the hygienist will recommend “Gum Therapy” to remove plaque below the gum line. Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy, or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong.

We would like he opportunity to help you prevent issues with your teeth and maintain a healthy smile. For more information, please schedule an appointment for an evaluation.