Family-Friendly General Dentistry in Southbridge, MA
We all know brushing at least twice daily and flossing once per day are the basics to a healthy smile. However, there are many preventive measures you can incorporate at any age to help protect your teeth from cavities and decay. We offer several preventive treatments to ward off future restorations.CONTACT US
Routine Cleanings & Exams
During your biannual appointment, our team will conduct a thorough exam of your mouth, looking for any signs of gum inflammation or decay. During this exam, we’ll also perform an oral cancer screening to identify any pre-cancerous abnormalities or problem areas. We will then remove any built-up plaque and tartar while we clean and shine your teeth.
After your professional cleaning, we can apply a fluoride treatment to boost enamel strength and fight off bacteria that leads to cavities. Fluoride treatments don’t correct decay, but they do protect from future damage. Fluoride can be applied in a variety of ways including a brush-on paste or foam in a mouthpiece. Your specific treatment will be determined after your examination.
Sealants work similarly to fluoride treatments in the sense that they protect from future decay. However, sealants actually cover and seal the tiny grooves in your teeth to prevent food debris and bacteria from building up over time. Patients of all ages benefit from sealants, but it is a common preventive measure taken when adult teeth first erupt.
Mouthguards and Nightguards
Athletic mouthguards are a great way to take precaution against dental emergencies. More often than we suspect, teeth can get broken or knocked out during physical activity. Wearing a mouthguard decreases these chances and can save you from an urgent situation. Similarly, mouthguards are a preventive measure taken to lessen the harm caused by grinding your teeth at night. Grinding your teeth can lead to tooth damage and recession.SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT