Preventive Dentistry – Fort Worth, TX

Taking a Proactive Approach to Oral Health

As a general dentist in Fort Worth with a passion for helping people, Dr. Sheri McIntosh and her team at Distinguished Dental are committed to providing friendly, high-quality care to every patient. This includes caring for every aspect of your smile with a wide menu of services, including routine checkups and cleanings, restorative dentistry to repair damaged teeth, and even cosmetic dentistry when you’d like to boost your self-confidence. And since there’s a strong mouth-body connection, we also help you maintain your overall health and well-being by taking great care of your teeth and gums.

Dr. McIntosh provides comprehensive dental care for Fort Worth residents and beyond. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Why Choose Distinguished Dental for Preventive Dentistry?

  • Custom Nightguards & Sportsguard for Protection
  • Dentist with Conservative Approach to Dentistry
  • State-of-the-Art Technology & Facility

New Patient Exams

Our new patient exams typically last 1.5 hours and include a meeting with Dr. McIntosh to discuss your needs, concerns, and desires. We’ll perform a comprehensive patient exam to check for any signs of early decay or gum disease before completing a professional cleaning with the help of our qualified dental hygienist. If we discover any potentially problematic areas, we will develop a treatment plan that you can review.

Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings should occur every six months. Our team will not only ensure the health of your smile but also create a positive patient experience that incorporates comfortable amenities while we thoroughly examine and clean your teeth. By offering these bi-annual appointments, we can keep your teeth, gums, and overall health in better shape throughout the year.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

A patient’s teeth are just one part of the mouth that dentists must care for. However, various soft oral tissues can be vulnerable to damage and disease as well. Whether any are visible at the time of your appointment, our team will check for any abnormalities (i.e., lesions, oral sores, etc.) to determine if oral cancer might exist. These quick and painless screenings can save your life, so if we find anything that is of concern during your appointment, we will connect you with a local physician to undergo further testing for a formal diagnosis.

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Fluoride Treatment

Dental decay is a common problem among all patients. Cavities can arise as a result of poor oral hygiene, genetics, and even an unhealthy diet. However, Dr. McIntosh and our team can recommend fluoride treatment that is easily applied during a regular visit and protects tooth enamel from future decay. We also offer silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for young patients with cavities, as it works to kill the existing bacteria and prevent the future spread of decay.

Dental Sealants

Your child’s permanent teeth have to stay strong and healthy, so they can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, even with good brushing habits, the back teeth have deep pits and grooves that collect microscopic, cavity-causing bacteria. Dental sealants are a great solution that can prevent tooth decay on the permanent molars. These thin, clear layers of composite resin are adhered to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent bacteria and acids from causing cavities. They’re helpful for any child who has back permanent teeth, especially those who are still learning how to brush.

Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is particularly true when it comes to protecting your teeth, head, neck, and jaws from serious sports injuries. We recommend that both patients wear a custom-made sportsguard while playing any type of contact sport or recreational activity like mountain biking. These appliances are made of thick, comfortable material and are designed to fit your individual teeth and jaws. In fact, studies have shown custom-made varieties to be more protective than those bought in a store. 

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Nightguards for Bruxism

Worn tooth enamel can develop for many reasons, including aggressive brushing and nail-biting; however, one of the more common culprits is bruxism. Referred to as teeth grinding, it often occurs at night while you’re asleep. To stop further damage to your tooth enamel and reduce morning headaches and jaw pain, we can craft a custom nightguard to be worn while you sleep. As a protective barrier that is worn over the top row of teeth, it keeps the upper and lower arches from touching throughout the night.

Children’s Dentistry

Just like adults, children, too, deserve high-quality dental care. With child-friendly services and amenities to ensure safety and comfort, our team can deliver long-lasting results that will carry young smiles into each new phase of life as long as they commit to taking proper care of their teeth and gums.

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