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Practicing Good Oral Hygiene with Dental Checkups

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Preventing Future Dental Problems

Dental Hygiene & Cleanings

Creating healthy smiles depends on regular attention, both at home with a toothbrush and floss, and at our office with checkups and dental cleanings.  To help our patients enjoy optimal oral health, we recommend visiting our Keller office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and comprehensive exam. During your appointment, you’ll have our full attention as we thoroughly clean your teeth and complete an inspection of your teeth and gums. At the end of your appointment, if we need to talk to you about more advanced care, Dr. McIntosh will carefully explain what you need and how she can help you meet them. And if you have questions about what we recommend, we would be happy to answer them. We don’t want any patient to walk away with unanswered questions.

First Dental Visit Expectations

Are you visiting Dr. McIntosh’s office for the first time? When you come in, you can expect a friendly greeting from our team.  Then, after a tour of our Keller dentistry, a hygienist or dental assistant will walk you back to your chair and make sure that you’re comfortable. After your cleaning has been completed, Dr. McIntosh will introduce herself, complete your exam, and talk to you about the results. When you’re ready to leave, we’ll send you on your way with a new patient goodie bag for you to use at home.

Conservative Care through Prevention

The goal of conservative care is to only make changes to your smile if we have to. Preventive care helps us achieve that goal by preventing the most common oral health problems, which include gum disease, tooth decay, teeth grinding, and TMJ dysfunction. Your checkup may also include digital x-rays, dental sealants, and an oral cancer screening. With every patient, we want to prevent problems from occurring, and we want to treat existing problems at their earliest stages of development before they become more advanced.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Our Keller dental team performs oral cancer screenings during regular dental cleanings and checkups. With this quick but essential service, we can help you monitor your smile for signs of this deadly disease. In too many cases, oral cancer isn’t diagnosed until a full recovery is difficult or impossible. By providing patients with frequent oral cancer screenings, we can help those in and around Keller diagnose and treat oral cancer early, when a full recovery is more likely. 

Continuing Care with Dr. McIntosh

Through continuing care, we want to help patients achieve their long-term oral health goals. What comprises continuing care? It may simply mean routine, professional cleanings and exams—which you should have twice a year—or it may mean more advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment. If you need advanced care, Dr. McIntosh will create a fully personalized plan to make sure you get exactly the help you need.

Brush Better with Sonicare

At Distinguished Dental, we love Sonicare's brushes so much that we not only recommend them to our patients, we also sell them at discounted prices. Sonicare’s brushes use gentle yet powerful vibrations to help you brush more thoroughly, while a built-in timer will help you brush for the recommended two minutes each session. If you’ve always used a traditional brush, we’d love to talk to you about the benefits of switching to Sonicare. 

Do you need to schedule your next checkup with Dr. McIntosh? Call our office today to reserve your appointment. We are proud to offer comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care service to patients in Keller and all surrounding communities.

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