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Preventive Dentistry in Texas City

Dr. Hackbarth and his Texas City, TX at Dental Cosmetic Center love working with patients to achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles with our advanced technologies and innovative treatment options. Our first priority is always to preserve patients’ natural dental structure offering them the healthiest smiles. With proper preventive care in our office an at home, more patients every year are able to keep their naturally healthy smiles for life. With dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months, we help patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles.

Gum Disease Treatment

Did you know that gum disease strikes three out of four adults? Also called periodontal disease, gum disease occurs when plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal bacteria in your mouth builds up and eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar lead more bacteria to develop, which will break down the bond between your teeth and gums.

Because the early symptoms, such as swollen and bleeding gums, are mild, many people ignore these warning signs and the disease progresses. Left untreated, periodontal disease can contribute to tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as low birth weight, diabetes complications, heart disease, and osteoporosis. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to check for signs of gum disease. If we find problems, Dr. Hackbarth will suggest periodontal therapy to halt the damage and re-establish your oral health.

TMJ/Bruxism Therapy

If you experience regular headaches, uneven tooth wear, or popping and clicking of your jaw, you may suffer from TMJ disorder. Also called TMD, TMJ dysfunction involves misalignment of the temporomandibular, or jaw, joints. The TMJ joints control the opening and closing of your jaw. Improper joint alignment can irritate nerves and cause muscles to spasm, resulting in a host of unpleasant symptoms such as migraines, neck pain, and ringing in the ears.

We want to relieve your discomfort and create a comfortable smile. Dr. Hackbarth will evaluate your whole mouth and determine the cause of the TMJ disorder. He will then suggest appropriate therapy, which may include restorations to build up your bite, an oral appliance to prevent nighttime teeth grinding, and/or exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles.

Athletic Mouthguards

Sports activities advance your overall wellness, but they can prove dangerous to your dental health if you aren’t careful. Studies show that sports-related traumas represent 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries. Mouthguards are plastic oral appliances that fit over your teeth to help protect your smile as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw.

Selecting a mouthguard should begin with reviewing your options, which include ready-made, mouth-formed, and custom mouthguards. Ready-made and mouth-formed mouthguards are available at drug and sports stores, but they can feel bulky and make speaking difficult. Constructed from impressions of your teeth, custom mouthguards conform to teeth shape and provide the best fit. Dr. Hackbarth provides custom Mouthguards for our athletic patients of all ages. Be sure to take good care of your mouthguard by periodically checking it for damage and rinsing it thoroughly after each use.

Bad Breath Treatment

Many people brush their teeth, use mouthwash, and chew gum, but they still struggle with halitosis, the clinical term for bad breath. Usually caused by decay, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or overactive bacteria, bad breath can cause you embarrassment and negatively impact your relationships. Common fixes, like breath mints and rinses, only act a temporary cover up and can dry out your mouth, which may make you more susceptible to halitosis. Good oral hygiene and breath treatments can resolve this issue.

Brushing twice daily and regular flossing will help remove food from your mouth, while semi-annual dental cleanings ensure that any build up is removed. You may need to consider professional breath treatment kits, which are designed to kill germs and destroy the source of volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. Halitosis may indicate gum disease, so it’s important to let us evaluate your whole mouth. Visit our Texas City dental office so that Dr. Hackbarth can recommend the right treatment to give you fresh breath and improve your dental health.

Dental Ozone

Dental ozone is an incredible preventive benefit for oral health, allowing our team at Dental Cosmetic Center to eliminate dangerous bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the mouth. It also promotes healing and can aid with tooth remineralization in natural and comfortable ways for patients. There are several treatments and procedures where this service can play a helpful role in improving results, including periodontal disease treatment, root canal therapy, sensitivity reduction, post-operative care, teeth whitening, and more.