Leawood Preventive Dentistry
Care for the Life of Your Smile
Lifelong dental health is our main priority in caring for your, and your family’s, teeth. Dental health is also an important part of your overall health, and good dental routines and care can help avoid serious dental and other health problems later in life.
We welcome every member of your family, from children making their first visit, to mature patients with more extensive dental health care needs. We are family-oriented people who understand families’ needs. Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable and at home. Our specialized care keeps families, sometimes generations of them, coming back to see us.
Our comprehensive approach to dental health care begins during your first visit to our office. Evaluations include medical history, digital and panoramic X-rays, periodontal charting, a personal oral hygiene evaluation, home care review and discussion of special concerns and/or opportunities to improve your dental health. We use hand-held intraoral cameras to examine every tooth, as well as the DIAGNOdent laser caries detection tool, which allows us to spot decay in its earliest stages. We also include oral cancer screening as a regular part of our exams.
Cleanings and Dental Fitness
At Dental Health by Herre, we are committed to helping patients look and feel their best. Our dental team can help you get your mouth and teeth in shape, so you can enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health. Professional cleanings that are performed every six months are one of the most important steps you can take to improve and maintain your dental health. We use the most advanced technology and products to remove stubborn stains, tartar and residual build up from your teeth and gums.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to serious dental problems, such as tooth loss. But studies have confirmed that gum disease can also play a part in the risk for heart attacks and strokes, premature or low birth weight babies and even dementia later in life. We keep our patients informed about the risks for and consequences of gum disease including xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, which can increase the risk for decay and gum disease. If you have more serious gum disease, we’ll treat it topically with a prescription antibiotic called Arestin®.
We apply fluoride treatments and dental sealants to adults as needed. Until children have their adult teeth, we treat them at every visit.
We design and supply customized mouth guards for patients who play sports. Mouth guards minimize the risk of serious oral or facial injuries and are highly recommended for athletes who participate in contact sports. Because they are uniquely fabricated and molded to the contours of your mouth, the guards we offer are far more effective than the universal styles available at sporting goods stores.