General & Preventive Dentistry for San Antonio, TX
While routine brushing and flossing are essential for enjoying good oral health, these activities alone won’t give you the smile you deserve. Routine exams and cleanings are just as important for anyone who wants to enjoy optimal oral health, and these regular exams and cleanings are just the beginning of what it means to offer outstanding general and preventive dentistry. Our comprehensive preventive solutions touch on other aspects of your health and wellbeing as well.
Our general and preventive services include:
Dental Hygiene and Cleanings
While thorough cleaning and maintenance of your smile begins at home, it continues at our San Antonio dental office. With our advanced tools, we can remove bacteria and plaque left behind by your toothbrush. We can also clean hard to reach areas. At your checkup, Dr. Holland also completes a thorough tooth-by-tooth exam to look for any signs of decay, gum disease, occlusal issues, and even oral cancer. Our goal is always to diagnose and treat any issues—no matter how small—as early as possible.
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Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can develop as a result of bacteria buildup in your mouth. The bacteria can build because of a poor diet, medical condition, or poor oral hygiene. When plaque is allowed to develop around the teeth and gums, it can not only result in tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities but also bad breath. To combat this issue, regular dental checkups and cleanings and good oral hygiene must be practiced at home.
With the advanced protection that dental sealants provide, patients of all ages can look forward to a cavity-resistant smile. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth and to hard-to-reach areas, physically protecting your enamel from the damage that acidic bacteria cause. The treatment process is quick—it takes just a few minutes—but can lead to years of effective protection.
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A customized sportsguard is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who plays a rough contact sport. Even for patients who participate in much milder sports, a sportsguard can still be beneficial. Wearing your sportsguard will help you protect your teeth and tongue. Recent research even indicates that wearing one may reduce the severity of concussions. Learn more about the benefits of custom-made sportsguards by visiting or calling our San Antonio office.
Oral Cancer Screening
While certain behaviors like smoking and other forms of tobacco or excessive alcohol use increase your risk of developing oral cancer, you don’t have to engage in one of these risky behaviors to be vulnerable. That’s why Dr. Holland encourages every patient to have a routine oral cancer screening. During regular exams, our goal is to help you diagnose any instance of oral cancer as early as possible so it can be treated promptly. The earlier that cancer is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chance of making a full recovery. We use state-of-the-art Velscope technology to diagnose oral cancer at its earliest stage.
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Your child’s oral health is just as important as your own. That’s why Dr. Holland is committed to offering pediatric care to young patients in and around San Antonio, TX. Through routine cleanings and exams, we can help little ones keep bacteria and plaque away from their teeth, and we can help them learn how to brush and floss correctly. Learning how to do both at a young age will help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
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A healthy smile begins at home with routine brushing and flossing. If you have questions about what kind of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, or mouthwash you should be using, don’t hesitate to bring it up during your next appointment. Our team would be happy to recommend products to you based on your needs and preferences. We can also talk to you about your brushing and flossing routine. A good homecare routine will make a significant difference at your next appointment.
When gum disease attacks the soft oral tissues of your mouth, you might find that your gums become red, puffy, and maybe even bleed. If left untreated and allowed to advance before the first stage known as gingivitis, you can develop periodontitis. This common, yet, harmful disease can lead to bone and tooth loss as well as other health-related conditions. Periodontal therapy is aimed to remove plaque and tartar buildup beneath the gum line in an effort to regain your gum health.
Whether you have a knocked-out tooth, chipped or cracked tooth, lost crown or filling, or a nagging toothache, a dental emergency can arise at any moment. It’s important to be prepared but to also have a reliable dentist who can take care of your needs, especially when you need it most. Fortunately, we offer emergency dentistry services to keep you from making a trip to your local ER and spending hours waiting.
Would you like to schedule a general and preventive checkup with our team at New Image Dentistry? Call us today. Our San Antonio, TX dental practice is committed to serving patients from surrounding communities.