Preventive Dentistry Frederick, MD
Dental Cleanings, Exams and X-rays
Regular dental cleanings helps keep the plaque from building up on your teeth, and from slipping under your gums. We do thorough exams to make sure that your mouth is healthy in all areas, and to look for signs of potential problems. The earlier we can catch a problem, the easier it will be to treat! One of the common procedures we offer along with a cleaning and exam is to take a full set of x-rays. This allows us to see inside your teeth and keep an eye out for changes that may be starting where we simply cannot see with the naked eye.
Bite Guards & Mouthguards
One of the more common ways that people hurt their teeth is through issues like grinding and clenching their teeth, which is more commonly called Bruxism. Bite guards can help prevent a lot of the damage that comes with Bruxism. When you clench or grind your teeth, you put an excess amount of pressure on them, which causes them to wear down faster and sometimes crack and fracture. Mouthguards are able to do the same type of thing, but they are used when you are playing sports. Both of these guards are meant to help protect your teeth from damage that could cause a lot more issues down the line.
Since the vast majority of adults have some form of gum disease, we consider this to be a very important form of preventative dentistry. We will examine your gums closely, as they tell us a lot about the health of your mouth. We will look at them with each exam, and if we start to see signs of gingivitis, we will make sure to get treatment started promptly, avoiding further issues in the future.
Fluoride works to replace the minerals that are lost on a daily basis, remineralizing your teeth and making them more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also help reverse the earliest signs of tooth decay before they have an opportunity to form cavities.
Oral Cancer Screening
Part of our regular examination of your mouth is looking for early signs of oral cancer. As with any type of cancer, the sooner it is detected, the better your chances are of a full recovery. We know what signs to look out for, and Dr. Bill Colliver is always looking for even slight changes in your mouth that could point to larger problems later.
When you want to protect your teeth from decay, one of the best ways to do that is to prevent it from having anywhere to even begin. Sealants cover your teeth like a layer of varnish, and keep the foods, drinks, and debris that go through our mouth from settling in the small crevices of our mouths. These need to be repeated every few years, so make sure you are consistently coming in for us to help keep your sealants intact.
For more information about our preventative dentistry here at the Colliver Dental Group, give us a call today!