Family Dentistry

Family Dentistry | Fort Worth Dentist | Thomas L. Phillips Jr., DDS

Preventive: Cleaning Exam and X-rays

The most important things possible for you and your family to do is to visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and x-rays. Dr. Phillips puts a high value on getting to know every one of his Fort Worth and metroplex patients on a more personal level. Our belief is when you have good communication between patient, dentist and staff all are able to provide and receive the highest quality dental care possible.

What To Expect During Your Visit


Most are familiar with routine dental visit, a teeth cleaning and x-rays. Dr. Phillips’ office is a little different.

Dr. Phillips utilizes some of the latest tools and methods in dental technology, including intraoral camera which provides the dentist with a clear view of the entire mouth. We use digital X-ray imagery instead of the old x-rays used in the past. It also detects any disease such as bone loss, or gum disease that might be present.

If you are considering any kind of cosmetic procedure before and after photos are taken of your smile so you will be able to fully appreciate the end results of your beautiful smile.

Value Of Routine Dental Care

How Often Do you Need Cleaning, Exams and X-rays

Every patient is different and so are the needs. How often you visit our Fort Worth office also depends on each patient. Some patients require an appointment every 4 months depending on the level of gum disease. However, the majority of dental patients require twice a year and dental x-rays once. Dr. Phillips will recommend how often you need to visit for cleanings at your initial examination.

Components Of An Effective Home Oral Hygiene Routine

Gum Health

Most patients think of going to the dentist to prevent dental decay. Actually,it is because the gum and bone tissue are the foundation for our teeth. Unfortunately gum disease is an all to common problem of all ages. Having your teeth cleaned and checked and with dental x-rays twice a year is so important. Good health starts in your mouth. Most insurance companies cover this preventive routine cleaning and x-rays. Dr. Phillips encourages all of his Fort Worth and metroplex patience to floss daily, keep up good hygiene practices at your home. Call our office if you notice any changes in your gums, breath or bleeding occurs.

Dr. Phillips employees only the highest trained hygienist in his Fort Worth office. We will educate our patients on how to best maintain gum health for the future.

Contact Our Office Today

For more information about Gum Health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips contact our Fort Worth office today.

Technology: Important Tools For Dental Care

Digital X-ray

This allows Dr. Phillips to discover conditions that may be hidden under a tooth’s surface. This technology is a much faster result, in fact in seconds. This exposure is 90% less radiation exposure to our patient.


Diagnodent uses a small laser beam to detect any decay on the top of the tooth/occlusal structure. Many times the decay is so small you can’t see it on the x-ray or the naked eye. It will beep when decay is detected and treat it more conservatively than if we wait for the decay to get bigger.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera gives you, the patient a view of what the dentist sees. It is a device that’s about the size of a tooth brush. Broken fillings, decay, fractured teeth, other dental problems can be viewed. It allows the dentist to discuss with the patient any treatment needed.

Panoramic X-ray

A panoramic X-ray is a two-dimensional dental x-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image, Including teeth upper and lower jaws surrounding structures and tissues. This X-ray is often used by Dr. Phillips for a treatment plan for dentures, clear braces, extractions and implants.


Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Going to the dentist regularly keeps your smile as clean and free from bacteria as possible. It also gives Dr. Phillips ample opportunity to catch any issues like cavities or gum disease early in the disease process, when they can be treated conservatively. Regular dental exams also include oral cancer screenings, and the prognosis for this condition is much better when it is caught before it spreads to surrounding tissues.

How often should I brush and floss?

You should be brushing twice each day and flossing daily. Use a soft-bristled brush and an ADA-approved toothpaste. Consider an electric toothbrush for maximum disruption of plaque formation.

How often should I have a cleaning?

Even if you’re brushing and flossing daily as directed, you may still accumulate plaque and tartar, particularly at the back of your smile or along the gumline. Regular dental cleanings, at least every six months, will help to eliminate that bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. Some patients may benefit from more frequent cleanings, so talk to Dr. Phillips to see if that makes sense for you.