Preventive Dentistry Helps Smiles Stay Strong in Blackwell
At Blackwell Dentistry, we strongly believe that the saying is right: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By stopping dental problems in their tracks at the earliest, most harmless stages, Dr. Neale can potentially save you and your family a great deal of cost, travel, and pain down the road. Our team offers a variety of services that are designed to protect teeth from common threats, as well as in-depth checkups and cleanings that will help us better understand each patient’s unique dental needs. If it’s been more than six months since you or your loved one’s last visit, please contact us today here in Blackwell, OK.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Patients of all ages need to be visiting a dentist at least twice each calendar year. These appointments give our team the valuable opportunity to assess your current oral health, draw attention to any serious problems, and provide you with ongoing support! Dr. Neale’s checkups are very thorough – we even use digital X-ray technology to view areas that aren’t accessible to the naked eye. Additionally, a cleaning with one of our talented hygienists will get rid of decay-causing plaque and tartar, leaving teeth nicely polished.
When children are starting to brush and floss themselves without Mom or Dad’s help, it can be difficult for their little arms to maneuver the toothbrush into the back of the mouth. As a result, the back teeth can suffer serious decay. In these situations, Dr. Neale may recommend the placement of dental sealants, which are made of a tough, plastic-based substance that is painted directly over each tooth’s chewing surface. Once sealed in place, they will help block out food particles and infectious bacteria. While sealants are NOT a replacement for regular oral hygiene, they can greatly reduce your son or daughter’s risk of getting cavities over time.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a common “bad habit” that we usually call by a simpler name – teeth grinding. Patients of all ages grind their teeth, many during the night when they’re asleep and unaware. This can lead to unpleasant mornings with headaches, jaw pain, and worn-down dental surfaces. If Dr. Neale sees any warning signs of this condition, he may suggest the ongoing use of a custom-made nightguard. The nightguard provides a tough barrier between the rows of teeth that will keep them much safer as patients rest.
If you or your loved one regularly plays sports where physical contact is likely, you probably have helmets and kneepads to protect the vulnerable parts of the body – but what about your smile? Studies show that millions of teeth are injured in athletic activities every year, with hundreds of thousands of patients ending up in the emergency room for care. We strongly suggest that our sports-minded patients wear a custom-made oral appliance during their games and practices to avoid this unpleasant possibility. Also known as a “sportsguard,” Dr. Neale can design a custom-made model that fits comfortably in the mouth and has plenty of flexibility for speaking.
Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that nearly 50% of patients with oral cancer exhibited NO known risk factors before their diagnosis? This condition can develop in subtle, dangerous ways over time, which is why Dr. Neale strives to be his patients’ first line of defense. As a part of regular checkups, he will perform a comprehensive screening of the oral tissue, throat, face, and neck, taking care to pinpoint any abnormalities that may contain cancerous cells. If he finds cause for concern, we’ll help you take the next steps towards a proper biopsy and diagnosis. Your safety and wellbeing mean the world to us!
Dr. Neale strongly recommends regular exposure to fluoride for patients of all ages because of the valuable ways it benefits smiles. Countless studies and research projects have shown that ingesting a safe amount of this mineral through water and foods (as well as being exposed to it through toothpastes and mouthwashes) actually helps make teeth stronger over time, preventing cavities. Our team offers quick and easy fluoride applications as a part of regular appointments for families who may not be receiving the full benefits of exposure in everyday life.
At-Home Hygiene Products
While regular checkups and cleanings with a trusted dentist are very important for healthy smiles, the quality of a patient’s at-home oral hygiene routine is also crucial. Thankfully, our team can lend a helping hand by demonstrating good brushing and flossing techniques, as well as recommending excellent toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other products that give teeth an extra boost of daily support. We never suggest brands to patients that we don’t wholeheartedly trust – you can even find them in our homes!
Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) starts out small. Patients may see some blood when they spit after brushing and flossing, or the gum tissue around your teeth could look redder than usual. When these symptoms begin, though, it’s important to see a trusted dentist like Dr. Neale as soon as possible to prevent the infection from developing any further. While these symptoms don’t seem too serious at first, untreated cases of gum disease can hurt your healthy jawbone and even cause natural teeth to be lost. To prevent this, our team will provide deep cleanings that remove harmful plaque from every crevice of your smile, bringing back much-needed health.
When you or a loved one is struggling with a serious dental emergency, such as an injury or bad pain, the last thing you want to hear from your chosen dentist’s office is “we can see you in two weeks.” These dire situations require help NOW, which is why our Blackwell team will do whatever it takes to see you on the same day as your initial call. Dr. Neale can provide dedicated emergency assistance for dental fractures, severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and more.
Dr. Neale loves being able to help children develop a positive relationship with the dentist’s office from a very young age. The oral healthcare habits they’ll create here will last them for a lifetime! Our office welcomes babies, toddlers, school-aged children, teenagers, and all of the special kids who are somewhere in-between too. We’ve got plenty of services to keep smiles at any stage of development safe, strong, and confident.