The key to maintaining a smile that’s healthy for a lifetime is routine preventive dentistry. By visiting our team at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry & Orthodontics bi-annually for checkups and cleanings as well as other protective treatments, we aim to keep small oral health problems from progressing and causing permanent damage to your smile. To learn more about treatments that we offer to protect your teeth and gums, read below.
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Dr. Fitzgerald, along with the American Dental Association, recommends visiting the dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. During these appointments, we’ll take any necessary X-rays and conduct a thorough examination of your mouth in search of any signs of common oral health problems. If we notice anything, we’ll explain the issue to you along with our recommended treatment plan. Finally, before you leave, we’ll clean, polish, and floss your teeth to leave your smile feeling refreshed.
Have you noticed that your back molars look worn-down? Do you wake up with a sore jaw or dull and thumping headache? These are some of the most common signs of a condition known as bruxism, more commonly referred to as nightly teeth grinding. When left unchecked, this condition can cause serious and permanent damage to your smile, like broken teeth or enamel erosion. To protect your teeth, we craft customized, acrylic nightguards that you can wear as you sleep.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s naturally produced by rocks and found in a variety of items in nature, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies have found that it has the ability to strengthen tooth enamel, which is the outermost structure of the teeth that protect them from decay. If you’re not receiving enough of this mineral in your daily diet, we can supplement it with a fluoridated varnish. The treatment is fast, easy, and completely pain-less!
Dr. Fitzgerald conducts bi-annual oral cancer screenings at every checkup and cleaning in order to catch this disease in its earliest stages, before it becomes increasingly difficult to treat. The screening is fast—Dr. Fitzgerald will examine your lips, throat, tongue, and oral tissues in search of any common signs of the disease, like red and white rough patches. If anything suspicious is found, our team will refer you for additional testing.
Dr. Fitzgerald recommends CariFree proven anticavity oral hygiene products as well as PerioSciences dental gel and mouth rinse. That way, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed the next time you’re shopping for toothpaste and mouthwash, wondering whether the product you pick up is trusted by dentists and good for your unique smile’s needs.