Chances are you’ve heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Galleria Dental of Springfield, we believe preventive dentistry in Springfield, MO creates a healthy mouth, and a healthy mouth is the starting point to a healthy body. We practice a proactive approach in making dental health easy to maintain by counseling each dental patient on each step of the process. Safeguarding oral health is the first step to ensuring your overall health and maintaining general well-being.
Getting your dental exams and cleanings completed once every six months is one of the most effective ways to ensure that no dental disease is able to develop. During your exam, Dr. Tolliver performs a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. If he notices plaque, tartar, or decay, he’ll make sure to treat it effectively as well as guide you on how to improve your oral care at home.
For some, grinding and clenching their teeth is an unconscious phenomenon that they cannot control on their own. This is especially true when the habit occurs in their sleep, which is very common for this condition. If you suffer from bruxism, our dental office can create a custom-made nightguard that prevents strain on your jaw, protects your valuable tooth enamel, and stops chronic oral pain, tension, and discomfort. Dentist-made solutions always offer the most optimal protection and comfort, compared to store-bought options.
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of individuals every year, which is why it’s so important to get yourself checked on a regular basis. At Galleria Dental of Springfield, Dr. Tolliver examines all of your oral structures both inside and outside of your mouth, such as your neck, for the early signs of oral cancer. The earlier the condition is caught, the more successful the treatment for your condition will be. We perform a screening during every routine exam.
Fluoride is an incredibly important mineral for your long-term oral health. This is why it’s typically found in public drinking water and numerous oral care products. During your routine fluoride treatments, which typically take place after your cleaning, you’ll be able to protect and strengthen your tooth enamel in the long-term. Application only takes a few minutes to complete and provides numerous benefits to your smile’s long-term oral health, especially for your youngest family members.
With so many different oral care products available on the market today, it can be extremely difficult to know which option is right for you. Dr. Tolliver is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the products you use and whether you should switch to options that better suit your needs. Our dental office recommends Fluoridex products for those looking for something new to try for themselves or their family.
It can be difficult to assess on your own whether your gingival tissues (gums) are in optimal condition. An estimated 75% of Americans experience some form of gum disease in their lives, and the majority of them are unaware of their poor gum health. Improving the status of your gums can also reduce the risk of other diseases. We complete a full examination and assessment of your gum tissue and can set you on a path to attain optimal gum health.