According to an old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — and we could not agree more. That is why we offer an extensive array of preventive services, all of which are designed to help you maintain your oral health for the months, years, and decades to come. Your efforts to attend regular appointments for preventive dentistry in Westborough, MA will help you feel good now, and they may save you significant time and money down the road.
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visits their dentist at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. At these appointments, we perform a thorough examination of the mouth and look for any signs of developing oral health problems, such as cavities or gum disease. We also provide you with personal coaching on how to care for your teeth at home. Additionally, one of our hygienists will give your mouth a refreshing cleaning.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that we apply to the chewing surface of a tooth. The sealant serves as a barrier between the tooth and any bacteria or food particles that might otherwise get stuck in its grooves and lead to decay. We typically recommend that children receive sealants as soon as their permanent teeth erupt. However, some adults may also be candidates for this simple, quick, and painless procedure.
Stress or anatomical defects may lead to involuntary nighttime teeth grinding, which is otherwise known as bruxism. Left unaddressed, bruxism causes premature wear and tear to the enamel and exposes the jaw to excessive stress. A nightguard is a simple way to prevent bruxism. It is a custom oral device that resembles a mouthguard that you would wear for sports. It places a barrier between the top and bottom teeth and prevents them from harming one another.
If you enjoy playing any type of sport, even a non-contact sport, we strongly recommend that you invest in a custom mouthguard. The mouthguards we provide are much more comfortable than any that you could buy over the counter. Moreover, they also provide superior protection. Not only will your mouthguard reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and oral soft tissues, but it can also decrease your chances of suffering a concussion.
Every year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer. The earlier this disease is detected, the greater the chances of survival. That is why we include an oral cancer screening as part of a routine checkup. The screening process is fast, noninvasive, and painless. We use a visual and tactile examination to check for any odd coloration, lumps, or swelling. If we notice any cause for concern, we will help you to arrange for further testing.
Every day, small bits of tooth enamel get worn away due to natural processes. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to replenish the enamel. Most toothpastes contain fluoride, but when you are in our dental office, you can get an extra dose of this tooth-fortifying mineral. It can play a significant role in preventing cavities and helping your teeth to maintain their strength for many years to come.
We welcome patients of practically any age, including young children. Our kind, gentle approach to dentistry helps them to feel at ease. During their appointments, we educate them about the importance of oral healthcare and help them to adopt a positive view of the dentist. We also perform thorough examinations and alert you to any dental problems that your children may be experiencing, and we recommend any treatments that may benefit their teeth and gums.
If your child has physical, emotional, or behavioral challenges that make it difficult for them to remain comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures, do not hesitate to bring them to us. Let us know about their situation before their appointment, and we will set aside extra time for their treatment. We will also take measures to ensure that your child is comfortable; we even have sedation options that are safe for children of almost any age.
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems among adults in the U.S. Left untreated, it can cause lead to persistent bad breath, tooth loss, and systemic health problems. We strive to help our patients avoid such an outcome via periodontal therapy — specifically, we use a treatment known as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning of the mouth fights bacteria and gives the gum tissue a chance to heal.