Preventive Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. The dentist will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced.

By checking your mouth every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups.

Services

  • Dental Prophylaxis: The dental hygienist performs a dental cleaning by using several instruments that remove the tartar and plaque deposits on the teeth. Then, teeth polishing is performed. Hygienist reinforces proper preventive home care technique
  • Fluoride Application: Used as a topical agent, fluoride can re-mineralize areas of teeth that have begun to decay, and halt further progression of disease. Fluoride is present in toothpaste and can be applied in higher dosages in varnish and gels by a dental professional.
  • Dental Sealants: are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Teeth have recesses on their biting surfaces; the back teeth have fissures (grooves) and some front teeth have cingulum pits. It is these pits and fissures which are most vulnerable to tooth decay, partly because food sticks in them and they are hard-to-clean areas. Dental sealants are materials placed in these pits and fissures to fill them in, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean
  • Digital X-Rays: digital dental x-ray is a picture of a patient’s teeth, mouth, and jaw that allows the dentist to clearly view the soft tissues, bones, and teeth. Dental x-rays help the dentist find cavities and other oral health issues such as impacted wisdom teeth that can’t be seen with a regular examination.
  • Complete Oral Examination
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Home Dental Care Education

Contact our office to arrange an appointment. We serve patients in Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Braintree, Dorchester, Boston and the surrounding areas.