Preventive Dentistry – Topsham, ME
Helping You Maintain a Healthier Smile
Good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day are vital, but if you want to keep your risk of tooth decay and gum disease to an absolute minimum, then you need to make a point of seeing a dental expert at least twice a year. At Androscoggin Dental Care, we can help you protect your smile with regular dental checkups, teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, customized nightguards for bruxism, and various other preventive dentistry services here in Topsham. Is it almost time for you to set up a dental appointment for yourself or one of your loved ones? Don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
Why Choose Androscoggin Dental Care for Preventive Dentistry?
- Dental Practice That Welcomes Children and Adults
- Advanced Digital X-Rays and Intraoral Cameras
- In-Network with Many Insurance Companies
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
In order to keep tooth decay and other oral health issues at bay, it’s important to make regular trips to the dentist. Our team can identify areas of your mouth where plaque and tartar have accumulated and remove these harmful substances before they can lead to any lasting damage. We will also keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay and gum disease; if we find any problems, we will explain what steps you can take to treat them before they can turn into more devastating oral health issues.
Gum Disease Treatment
The harmful bacteria in your mouth can cause you to develop gum disease; this often leads to inflamed gum tissue that bleeds easily. The earliest form of gum disease, gingivitis, can be reversed with the right steps, such as improved oral hygiene. But if gum disease is left unaddressed for too long, it may reach the point where scaling and root planing are required to manage it. Our team can get rid of the bacteria hiding in the pockets of your gums and smooth the roots of the teeth to lower the chances of an infection happening in the future.
Oral Cancer Screening
It’s important to have oral cancer treated as soon as possible, but many patients don’t realize that they have the disease because the symptoms can be attributed to other issues. Our team is familiar with the warning signs of oral cancer and can screen for it the next time you visit us for a checkup and cleaning. We can use the latest technology to determine if there are any lumps or other problem areas in your mouth that might indicate that a biopsy is necessary.
Even though tooth enamel is very strong, it is not immune to attacks from oral bacteria. Luckily, by exposing your teeth to fluoride on a regular basis, you can strengthen them and reduce the odds of cavities occurring. When examining your teeth, we may find that you could benefit from more fluoride exposure. To that end, we can apply a concentrated fluoride gel or varnish to the teeth. Fluoride treatments are often beneficial for younger children, and they can be a good choice for adults as well.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism can cause you to grind and clench your teeth while you are asleep, although the only clue you might have that this is happening may be the pain in your jaw that you experience when you wake up. Our team can check your teeth for the telltale signs of bruxism and help you avoid further damage with a carefully personalized nightguard. All you have to do is wear this appliance over your upper teeth whenever you go to bed; this will keep your teeth safe from harm.
Does your jaw sometimes make a clicking or popping sound? Do you sometimes have trouble opening and closing your mouth? Are you experiencing chronic pain in your jaw? All of these symptoms could mean that you’re suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. We can examine your mouth and jaw to narrow down what is likely causing the issue, and we can help you find relief with a custom-made oral splint. Please get in touch with us quickly if you think you have a TMJ disorder.