While our team is fully capable of treating instances of dental damage and decay, we’d prefer to help you and your family avoid these problems in the first place. That’s why we emphasize preventive care at every opportunity here at Today’s Dental! Dr. Michael Allport and his talented staff will provide comprehensive checkups, revitalizing cleanings, and other helpful services to patients of all ages, giving them the support they need to keep their smiles strong and healthy for many years to come. Contact our Dayton, TN location today to schedule a first appointment.
One of the best ways to preserve and strengthen your oral health in the long-term is by attending regular checkups and cleanings here at Today’s Dental every six months, or twice each year. There are plenty of problems that can develop in ways that go unnoticed by the untrained eye, and Dr. Allport and the rest of our staff want to catch them as soon as possible with the help of digital x-rays and a comprehensive visual examination. Once we understand the current state of your smile, we can formulate the ideal treatment plan that takes your personal needs, preferences, and budget into account.
Bacteria-filled plaque is a constant threat to your oral health as it forms over tooth and gum surfaces; that’s why professional cleanings with a talented hygienist are so important. Our dedicated team members will thoroughly wash away these decay-causing agents and polish your smile, leaving your entire mouth feeling nicely refreshed.
Your back teeth can be tricky to keep clean, especially if you’re still learning how to brush and floss properly. That’s why Dr. Allport is likely to recommend dental sealants for children (and some adults) as a simple and safe preventive service that can provide big protection! The application process only takes a single appointment. Our team will attach the sealant over the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars, sealing them shut so food particles and dangerous bacteria can’t make a home there. That helps you enjoy fewer cavities and a much healthier smile overall.
Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) is a serious and common infection that can wreak havoc on your oral health if it’s left untreated for too long. Thankfully, our practice makes periodontal screenings a vital part of every checkup, and several effective therapy options are available for combating decay and restoring the health of your gum tissue, including scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and even state-of-the-art soft tissue laser treatment.
Do your teeth seem damaged or worn down for no reason? Are you constantly waking up with a pained jaw or a bad headache in the morning? These are common symptoms of bruxism or TMJ (teeth grinding/clenching). It’s a “bad habit” that can affect stressed-out adults and adolescents alike. What’s worse is that bruxism is most likely to happen while patients are sleeping, leaving them completely unaware of what’s happening. If our team discovers signs of bruxism during a regular appointment, we may recommend a custom-made nightguard to prevent damaging contact between teeth.
If you or your child are big athletes, you surely know all about the importance of protecting knees, elbows, and the head from harm when out on the field or court – but what about the smile? Dental damage makes up a big portion of overall sports injuries. That’s why Dr. Allport strongly recommends the use of a high-quality sportsguard from our practice. These devices are a big improvement over the “one size fits all” model from the store, providing a personalized, study fit that’s still flexible and comfortable for the patient.
Oral cancer is a very real danger, with tens of thousands of new cases diagnosed each and every year. What’s worse is that nearly half of these patients don’t survive more than five years after diagnosis. At Today’s Dental, we take the threat of oral cancer extremely seriously, and our team will do everything in our power to identify cancerous or pre-cancerous tissue as early on as possible. We emphasize the importance of visual screenings at every appointment, as well as panoramic screenings every five years, on average.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s been shown to have a positive effect on oral health. People who grow up drinking fluoridated water regularly tend to have stronger, less cavity-prone teeth on average. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of bottled water means that many families are missing out on these valuable benefits. During regular checkups, our team may recommend professional fluoride applications to keep your or your child’s smile in tip-top shape.