Preventive Dental Care for Enterprise and Surrounding Areas
Brushing and flossing are essential for a healthy smile, and the same is true of preventive care. At Tyler B. Schaffeld, D.M.D., we’re committed to offering exceptional preventive care. Whether it’s simply time for your next checkup or you need help treating a neuromuscular condition like teeth grinding, we have services that will help.
Dental Cleanings and Checkups
Maintaining a regular brushing and flossing routine helps keep bacteria and plaque from accumulating around teeth and gums. There’s more you should be doing to ensure optimal oral health and wellbeing.
We recommend visiting Dr. Schaffeld’s Enterprise office every six months for routine cleanings and exams. During your visit, your hygienist uses advanced tools to gently and efficiently remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. All these of these have a destructive impact on your smile if they’re not removed.
After your cleaning, the dentist completes a thorough, tooth-by-tooth exam to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding, or any other common dental issue. The key to providing exceptional preventive care is diagnosing and treating any problem—no matter how small—as soon as possible.
Following your exam, we’ll discuss the results with you and recommend additional care as needed. If you have questions about what we recommend, don’t hesitate to let us know. We want everyone we see to feel completely comfortable with the solution(s) we recommend for them.
For young patients, or older patients who are susceptible to decay, we recommend supplementing routine checkups with dental sealants. This excellent service physically protects the chewing surfaces of teeth from the damaging effects of acidic bacteria. Applying dental sealants takes a short amount of time, and once in place, you can expect sealants to provide years of protection from decay and cavities. Do you have questions about the benefits of protecting your smile with dental sealants? Don’t hesitate to ask us about them on your next visit.
Do you struggle with unconscious teeth grinding? You’re not alone. Unconscious teeth grinding and clenching—a condition known as bruxism—is more common than you might imagine, and can have a serious impact on your oral health if it isn’t treated. With a custom-made nightguard from our Enterprise dental practice, Dr. Schaffeld helps you prevent further destruction to your smile, in addition to offering relief from bruxism’s uncomfortable symptoms. If you have questions about treating bruxism with a nightguard, we welcome your questions anytime.
Oral Cancer Screenings
While most instances of oral cancer are connected to behaviors like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, at least a quarter of cases occur in patients with none of the common risk behaviors. That’s why everyone benefits from routine oral cancer screening. During your next visit to Tyler B. Schaffeld, D.M.D., let us examine your smile for signs of this serious disease. Diagnosing and treating oral cancer as early as possible increases your chances of making a full recovery.
Is it time to schedule your next preventive checkup with Dr. Schaffeld? Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our Enterprise dental office services patients from Joseph, Lostine, and all surrounding communities.