General Dentistry

Quality Preventive Care Today For a Happier, Healthier Tomorrow

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, our primary goal is to provide quality general dentistry and preventive care that eliminates the need for costly restorative procedures down the road. The best teeth are your natural teeth, and we want to help you keep them clean and healthy for life.

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Oral Hygiene

If you’ve ever been to the dentist – we hope you have – you’ve heard it time and time again, “Have you been brushing and flossing regularly?” As your trusted oral health advisors, we want our patients to understand the importance of regular brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and even more serious problems down the road.

Here’s some advice straight from the oral health professionals at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry on how to keep your mouth in tip-top shape at home so you’ll be sure to ace your next checkup:

  1. Brush at least twice a day, ideally after eating or drinking. We recommend an electric toothbrush (Sonicare® is most recommended by dentists). Make sure to reach all the way to the back and brush the tongue.
  2. Floss every day, before your nightly brushing to remove plaque between teeth. Floss first, then brush to remove particles left behind.
  3. Rinse with mouth wash daily after you brush to kill more germs and bacteria, prevent gum disease, and promote fresh breath.
  4. Rinse with water after eating and drinking (when brushing is not available) to reduce plaque and decay by minimizing the time sugar and acid has in contact with your teeth.
  5. Eat a healthy balanced diet. A healthy diet for your teeth is similar to a healthy diet for your body. You should minimize sugar intake and highly acidic foods and drinks.

We hope you’ve taken our advice and implemented a good oral homecare routine, but it’s equally important to come see us at Vista Ridge for your regular cleanings and exams. We will take a good look and make sure everything looks normal and healthy, and give you a good deep clean to remove any plaque or tartar that may have been left behind.

Schedule a cleaning with your friendly hygienist at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today for that fresh from the dentist clean feeling!

Tooth Colored Fillings

You may remember a time in the not-so-distant past when the only way we could fill cavities was with unsightly (and potentially toxic) metal fillings. Thankfully, with advances in modern materials, we can now fill cavities and stop tooth decay with a completely natural-looking tooth colored resin that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Compared with metal fillings, tooth colored fillings are:

  • Safer without the use of toxic mercury
  • More stable as they won’t expand or contract with temperature changes
  • More aesthetic without ugly metal spots

Schedule a filling with your Cedar Park dentist at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today for a seamless, decay-free smile!

Oral Cancer Screenings

As your trusted oral healthcare professionals, one of our most important jobs is to regularly screen our patients for oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the only forms of cancer that is on the rise in the United States. Early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer is essential to survival and recovery.

Signs of oral cancer include (can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth):

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
  • Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs or symptoms, or fall into any of the high risk categories, you should come see us for an oral cancer screening in Cedar Park right away. We use a high-tech oral cancer screening device that illuminates tissue abnormalities that would otherwise go undetected by the naked eye. This empowers our doctors and our patients to detect and treat oral cancer before it becomes deadly.

Come see us at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry for an oral cancer screening today. It might just save your life.

Mouth Guards

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we know that your smile is one of your greatest assets. That’s why we do our best to protect it. We’re proud to offer custom mouth guards that provide a better fit and a higher level of protection against oral injuries and even concussions. If you or your little one participates in any kind of contact sports, we highly recommend skipping the sporting goods store and investing in a custom mouth guard from your Cedar Park dentist. We also provide mouth guards and oral appliances for the treatment of teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ, as well as sleep apnea.

Compared with a store-bought stock mouth guard, a custom mouth guard from Vista Ridge Family Dentistry offers:

  • A better, more personalized fit
  • Improved comfort
  • More protection against tooth loss
  • Protection against concussions
  • A better investment

Protect your assets and come see us at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today!

Come see us!

Your Cedar Park dentists at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry would love to see your smile today to ensure it stays happy and healthy for life.

Contact your trusted Cedar Park dentist, Dr. Max Kerr, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock, or Dr. Supriya Patel at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today by calling (512) 253-8840 or schedule an appointment online!

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