In 2008, Dr. Sakunthala Boppana earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University. She practiced in the Chicago suburbs for a couple of years before moving to Texas. For eight years, she served patients from Grand Prairie to Dallas. In 2016 Dr. Boppana founded Perfect 32 Family Dentistry, her own private... more
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires teamwork. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, it’s also important to practice proper brushing and flossing at home. Dr. Boppana and our Garland, TX dental team have been providing high-quality dental care to our community since 2016. We provide a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic treatments for patients of all ages.
The Purpose of Preventative Dentistry
As a general dentist, Dr. Boppana can address virtually any oral health issue. But what if you could avoid dental problems to begin with? The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep teeth and gums healthy and reduce the risk of future problems. Common preventative treatments include:
- Exams and cleanings: Regular oral examinations help Dr. Boppana detect and treat any dental issues before they worsen. During cleanings with our hygienist, plaque and tartar deposits are removed from the teeth surfaces. This reduces harmful oral bacteria so you can maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Topical fluoride treatments: Cavities develop when sugars, starches, and acids erode the natural dental enamel, making the teeth more susceptible to damage. Fluoride actively remineralizes the tooth enamel, reducing the risk for further damage.
- Dental sealants: The back teeth (premolars and molars) often have deep pits, grooves, or fissures that help break up food for digestion. The drawback, however, is that these areas easily harbor debris, food particles, and bacteria. To avoid this, dental sealants can be placed. This procedure involves the application of a clear plastic-like substance that shields the teeth from these irritants.
- Patient education: At our Garland, TX practice, we believe that knowledge is power. Understanding how dental issues develop gives patients a better grasp of how to prevent them.
How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?
After a dental cleaning, it takes a few months for oral bacteria to repopulate. While brushing and flossing help keep plaque and tartar at bay, professional cleanings are necessary to preserve the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
Most patients have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, some individuals require more frequent appointments, especially those who are prone to gum disease or tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends that patients have their teeth cleaned at intervals determined by their dentist. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Boppana can help you determine how often you should schedule your cleanings.
The Importance of At-Home Oral Hygiene
While exams and cleanings contribute a great deal to your ongoing oral health, proper brushing and flossing are required to keep teeth and gums in good shape between visits. Patients should brush at least two times a day with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. The spaces between the teeth should be cleaned once daily with dental floss, interproximal brushes, or dental picks.
When you visit our practice, we can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. We can even customize your oral hygiene routine based on your unique dental needs.
Contact Our Garland, TX Practice Today
Has it been a while since you’ve visited the dentist? Schedule an appointment today by calling (469) 804-5677. You can also contact us online anytime.