According to an old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — and we wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. That is why we offer wide array of preventive dentistry services, all of which are designed to help you protect your oral health and keep it in good shape for many years to come. Below, you will learn more about the treatments and therapies we use to provide preventive dentistry in Watertown, MA and help our patients’ teeth and gums thrive.
The standard recommendation from the American Dental Association is that everyone should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. At these routine appointments, we perform a thorough examination of the teeth and gums and look for any signs of developing oral health problems, such as cavities or periodontal disease. We also provide you with personal suggestions on how to care for your teeth between dental visits. Additionally, these appointments include a refreshing cleaning by one of our talented hygienists.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that we apply to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Their purpose is to serve as a barrier between the teeth and any bacteria or food particles that might otherwise get stuck in their grooves and cause cavities. We usually recommend that children receive sealants soon after their permanent teeth erupt. Some adults may also benefit from this simple, quick, and painless procedure.
Various factors, such as a stressful lifestyle or anatomical defects in the jaw and teeth, may cause nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism). If bruxism goes on for a long period of time, it will cause premature wear and tear on the tooth enamel and may lead to TMJ disorder. A nightguard is a simple way to prevent such issues. This small, custom-designed oral device places a barrier between the top and bottom teeth. It thus prevents them from damaging one another.
Athletes of all ages who enjoy any type of sport (even non-contact sports), should always wear a mouthguard when they are playing. Not only does a mouthguard shield the teeth and gums, but it can also reduce the risk of concussion. While a store-bought mouthguard can provide some protection, it is not nearly as effective as one of the custom ones that we can provide. Plus, store-bought ones are not as comfortable, meaning that you may be less likely to wear them as much as you should.
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each year. The earlier such cases are diagnosed, the greater the chances of survival — and the lower the odds that extensive, invasive treatment will be necessary. That is why we include an oral cancer screening as part of every routine checkup. The screening process is painless and quick. We use our hands and eyes to check for any odd coloration, lumps, or swelling. If we discover any cause for concern, we will help provide you with guidance on what your next steps should be.
Tooth enamel is incredibly hard, but it is not invincible. Every day, small bits of it get worn away due to normal eating and drinking. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to rebuild the enamel. The majority of toothpastes contain fluoride, but when you are in our dental office, you can get an extra serving of this special mineral. It can play a big role in protecting your teeth from cavities and helping them to thrive for many years to come.
We are a family friendly dental office, eager to welcome patients of practically any age — including small children. Our gentle, kind approach to dentistry helps young ones to feel at ease. During their appointments, we teach them about the importance of oral health and promote a positive view of dentistry. We perform thorough examinations and let you know about any dental problems that your children are experiencing. We also recommend treatments that may either protect or restore their oral health.
If your child struggles with physical, emotional, or behavioral differences that make it difficult for them to stay calm and relaxed during dental appointments, we are ready to help them. Before their first appointment, let us know about their situation. 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 young ones.
Some form of gum disease affects roughly half of the adults in the United States. If it is not properly treated, it can lead to chronic bad breath, loose teeth, tooth loss, and even systemic health problems. We strive to help our patients avoid such consequences via periodontal therapy — specifically, we use a procedure known as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning treatment fights bacteria both above and below the gumline, and it gives the gum tissue a chance to heal.