A good routine of preventive oral care has many benefits. Not only will your mouth feel clean and fresh, but you will be able to avoid most — if not all — major dental problems. You will thereby avoid future pain and expense, and you will be safeguarding your overall health as well. We want our patients to enjoy all the benefits of healthy, functional teeth and gums, so we are proud to offer a range of options for preventive dentistry in Cambridge, MA.
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visits their dentist twice at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. The checkup alerts you to any developing oral health problems, and it allows you to get those issues taken care of before they cause serious damage. The cleaning rids your mouth of plaque and tartar, and it gives your hygienist the opportunity to offer personalized tips on how you can care well for your teeth at home.
A dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic that we paint onto the chewing surface of a tooth. It serves as a barrier that stops food particles from settling onto the tooth. We commonly apply sealants to children’s newly erupted permanent teeth in order to protect them from cavities. Some adults, particularly those with deep grooves in their molars and premolars, may also be candidates for sealants. The sealant process is fast, painless, and totally noninvasive.
Bruxism is involuntary, habitual teeth grinding and clenching. It commonly happens at night while an individual is asleep. Stress and bite misalignment are two common culprits behind this problem. Over the course of months or years, bruxism can severely wear down the teeth and lead to the need for extensive restorative treatment. We can prevent damage from bruxism with a custom-made nightguard, which places a protective barrier between the teeth.
Regardless of what your sport of choice might be, an athletic mouthguard/sportsguard can be beneficial. It will provide a high level of protection for your teeth and oral soft tissues, thereby reducing your chances of suffering a dental emergency. It can even significantly decrease your risk of concussion. While sportsguards are easy to purchase online or at sporting goods stores, custom-made ones from a dentist are much more comfortable and effective.
Tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Anyone can develop it, even individuals who have never smoked or chewed tobacco. That is why we include an oral cancer screening as part of a routine checkup. We will perform a visual and tactile examination of your lips, tongue, throat, and cheeks to look for any potential signs of cancer. If we notice any cause for concern, we will help you to arrange for further testing.
Little bits of tooth enamel get worn away every day due to normal eating and drinking. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to replenish the enamel. It is found in most types of toothpaste, as well as in many municipal water sources. In our dental office, we can give your teeth an extra dose of this remarkable mineral whenever you come in for a preventive appointment.
We welcome young ones into our dental office. When you bring your child to us for care, we will thoroughly examine their teeth and check for any signs of decay or developmental issues. We will also recommend any further preventive treatment that we believe would be beneficial, such as sealants or fluoride treatment. Of course, education is also pivotal, which is why we always take the time to explain oral health concepts to children in a way they can understand.
If your child is facing physical, mental, or behavioral challenges that make it difficult for them to undergo dental procedures, we are ready and willing to help. Our staff is patient and treats each special needs child with kindness. We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to their care; we consider each child’s unique situation. When necessary, we can use sedation, such as nitrous oxide, to help these precious young ones remain calm throughout their appointment.
Gum disease is a dangerous infection of the gum tissue. Left untreated, it can lead to significant oral and overall health problems. We help patients to fight gum disease via periodontal therapy — specifically, via scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure rids the mouth of bacteria both above and below the gum line. We also smooth out the roots of the teeth to make it more difficult for bacteria to cling to them.