When you wake up in the morning, you probably have plenty of things you need to worry about, but the last thing that should be on your mind is your teeth. You’re already busy enough without having to deal with dental issues! With preventive dentistry, we can help you avoid small dental problems so you can enjoy a strong, healthy smile year after year. These services will allow us to learn all we can about your dental health so we know exactly how to protect it. All it takes is just two preventive appointments each year to put your mind at ease. To schedule your next appointment for preventive dentistry in Millersville, MD, contact us today.
When it comes to preventive dentistry, checkups and cleanings are the gold standard. With a professional cleaning, we can remove all of the harmful plaque and tartar on your teeth that can lead to cavities and gum disease. Through a checkup (also known as an oral exam), our doctors can make sure everything in your mouth is in good shape so small problems don’t have a chance to become big ones in the future.
You just love to see your little one smile, and you just want to make sure they have a strong and healthy set of teeth for the rest of their life. We’re ready and able to help them achieve that! Our team has years of experience meeting the unique dental needs of children, and many of us are parents as well! With us, your child’s smile will get everything it needs, and they’ll always enjoy calm, cool, and relaxed visits.
A dental sealant basically places a protective barrier on a tooth, preventing plaque, food particles, and bacteria from gathering on the enamel and causing cavities. They are very thin and clear, so they have no effect on the appearance of the teeth. We most often apply them to the vulnerable back teeth, and they are especially useful for children while they are still learning to brush. They only take minutes to apply and can easily provide years of cavity protection.
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, or do your teeth look like they’ve been worn down? If so, then you may be suffering from bruxism, which means you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. This is a very common problem, and if we see the signs of it in your smile, we may recommend that you wear what is called a nightguard to bed. It will place a firm but comfortable barrier between your teeth to prevent them from grinding together, allowing you to rest easy.
It is estimated that about one person every hour is lost due to oral cancer, which is particularly unfortunate because it is actually a very treatable disease when caught early. This is why our team recommends that everyone should receive at least one oral cancer screening per year, which we will perform as part of your regular checkups. They only take a few minutes, but it could literally be the few minutes that saves your life.
Fluoride is basically nature’s gift to your smile. This mineral has been shown to help strengthen the teeth against decay and cavities, which is why you’ll so often find it in toothpaste as well as public water sources. We can actually provide you and your family with a topical fluoride treatment as part of your checkups to make sure your smiles are extra protected throughout the year. It only takes a few minutes, is completely painless, and it’s one of the best ways to keep everyone cavity-free!