Preventive Dentistry Start with Dental Exams

Choosing the Right Family Dentist in New Orleans Area

Are you searching for a dentist near me in the New Orleans area? Oak Family Dental has two locations in Metairie and Mandeville. Our team of dentists believe most valuable tool for protecting your family against serious dental problems are preventive treatments. Regular dental exams and teeth cleanings helps reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

Oak Family Dental treats patients of all ages. Our goal is to save you time and money at Oak Family Dental by finding and preventing potential issues now rather than dealing with more severe and costly consequences later.

We also make you part of the prevention process by providing at-home recommendations for your oral care and patient education so you can make informed choices about your dentistry.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is a branch of dentistry focused on maintaining oral health and preventing dental problems before they occur or progress. Its primary goal is to help individuals maintain healthy teeth and gums, thereby reducing the need for extensive dental treatments in the future. Preventive dentistry involves various strategies and practices to promote good oral hygiene and overall dental health.

By following preventive dentistry practices, individuals can maintain good oral health, prevent dental problems, and minimize the need for extensive and costly dental treatments down the line. Regular preventive care can lead to healthier teeth and gums, a brighter smile, and improved overall well-being.

Why Choose Oak Family Dental as Your Family’s Dentist?

We focus on informing and educating our patients about certain preventive services and why they are necessary for good dental health. Our dentists have been creating healthy smiles for nearly 40 years. You can count on our knowledgeable team to take the time to answer your questions, so we’re sure that you feel entirely confident about your treatment.

Our team has invested in extensive dental training and advanced technology to diagnose and treat our patients in all areas of general dentistry. Please continue reading to learn more how preventive dentistry can help your family’s oral health.  Contact our dental team to schedule a dental exam.

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Whether you’re uninsured or have PPO dental coverage, our plans provide your family with substantial savings on quality dental care. You’ll enjoy the added convenience of an experienced dental team, advanced dental technology, and quality treatment options.

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What Should I Expect on My First Dental Exam?

When you arrive at our dental office for your first visit, you’ll start with a one-on-one chat with one of our dentists. We’ll get to know you and talk to you about your dental goals and concerns, so we can take the first steps in developing a plan for your treatment.

Next, we’ll perform a comprehensive dental exam, a cancer screening, chart existing dental work, and note any developing problems. We’ll also use our advanced digital imaging to take x-rays, so we get a highly detailed view of what’s happening inside your teeth and below the gum line.

Since we’ve learned to expect the unexpected, we plan your treatment in stages, resolving each problem as we go. This gives us the flexibility to manage your treatment in a way that takes your unique needs and personal schedule into account. We have also found that routine exams and teeth cleans save you time and money later.

From your very first dental visit, we are available to answer your questions and address your concerns as well.

We are patient with children visiting our dental office and want them to enjoy coming to the dentist. It is our goal to instill healthy habits early for a lifetime of healthy teeth. And our dentists are especially good at helping children feel comfortable and confident in our dental office.

How Do Professional Dental Cleanings Protect Me From Gum Disease?

No matter how well you brush and floss, regular cleanings are crucial. Without a doubt, semi-annual professional cleanings are your best defense against serious oral health problems, including periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease can claim your teeth and compromise your overall wellness. This disease has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and even dementia.

You may be very diligent about your oral hygiene practices, but regular professional teeth cleanings and dental exams are still necessary. Our hygienists perform gentle cleanings to help you stay a step ahead of gum disease and decay, giving you a fresh start every six months.

Gum disease is a serious oral health concern. It affects millions of people and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over 30. Regular cleanings can virtually stop periodontal disease in its tracks. If we find that you have gum disease our hygienist will recommend a custom treatment plan. This may include deep cleaning and more frequent visits to prevent the disease from progressing.

We introduce children to professional teeth cleanings when the time is right—meaning they feel comfortable and benefit from this preventive service.

What are Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments?

Two other valuable services our New Orleans dentists offer for you and your family are the application of fluoride and dental sealants.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is an extremely effective way to safeguard your family’s oral health. Applying fluoride keeps your teeth safe from plaque, bacteria, acids, and sugars found in the mouth.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants are a thin protective coating applied to deep grooves in your teeth. The sealant smooths the surface, making it easier to clean your teeth effectively.

How Does Your Advanced Technology and Training Affect My Oral Health?

Specialized Training and Best Treatment Options

Our doctors and team are committed to bringing you the most updated treatments available through continuing education classes and specialized training. But we believe it’s equally essential for our patients to be knowledgeable about their oral health care. That’s why patient education is an integral part of the services we provide at Oak Family Dental.

We take the time to get to know you because we love people, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The added benefit is that we can learn about what’s important to you and how your dental treatment will fit your lifestyle and budget.

This way, we can support you in making decisions that take all your needs into account. It’s important to us that everyone understands the details of their dental care. We have bilingual staff members who can communicate easily with our Spanish-speaking patients.

Additionally, we want you to be armed with all the facts so that you can make the best decisions about your dentistry.

Advanced Dental Diagnostic Equipment

At Oak Family Dental, we use intraoral cameras to help you see what our dentist sees when examining your teeth and gums. The intraoral camera is about the size of a large drinking straw, but it takes quality pictures of your oral structure that your dentist can pull up on a screen in your exam room. This helps you make informed decisions and to understand why your dentist suggests certain treatments or procedures.

Convenient Same Day Tooth Crowns

Our same-day tooth crowns mean no goopy pastes. CEREC technology allows for digital oral impressions and computer-guided restorations created right here in our dental office. Your Oak Family Dental dentist will always apply the finishing touches to give you a quality crown or restoration that blends easily with your smile.

Take the Next Step to a Healthier Smile with Your Family Dentist

When you understand how easy it is to follow through with routine preventive services, you can see no reason to put off these essential treatments. It’s a fairly obvious choice – take simple precautionary steps now or deal with more complicated and costly oral health problems in the future.

We sincerely want to help you and your family achieve optimal oral health so that you can enjoy a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. Please contact our Metairie or Mandeville dental office to make an appointment for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.