Preserve Healthy Smiles with Reading Preventive Dentistry
At Associates in Family Dentistry, our top priority is helping patients keep their natural smiles healthy for life. That all starts with dental checkups, teeth cleanings, sealants, and other preventive dentistry solutions in our Reading, MA dental office. We encourage patients to visit our team at least two times each year for checkups. If it’s been six months or longer since your last dental appointment, contact us to schedule your first preventive checkup with Gail Iebba, DMD and her team. Our Reading, MA office accepts patients from all surrounding communities including North Reading, Wakefield, Stoneham, Woburn, Wilmington and Lynnfield.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
The most important part of every dental plan is visiting our office for checkups and teeth cleanings twice a year. During these regular visits, we screen for common oral health conditions, answer questions, and partner with you to develop an ongoing oral health care plan. These visits are an essential part of achieving optimal oral health and hygiene.
Sealants are one of the most effective preventive dentistry options available. With one quick, painless dental sealant application, patients’ smiles receive protection from potential damage for years to come. We frequently recommend sealants for kids who are developing their oral hygiene skills and for adults who suffer from frequent decay. The sealant application process is simple. We apply a thin coat of resin to the surfaces of teeth. Then, we use a curing light to harden the sealant material into position creating a protective coat over the teeth.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Patients who participate in any athletic activities that could result in damage to the smile due to impact with other players, hard surfaces, or sports equipment should always wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. There are numerous types of one size fits all mouthguards available in sporting goods stores. While these guards are preferable to not wearing a mouthguard, we encourage patients to consider letting us craft a custom sportsguard. These appliances are often more comfortable, which improves patient compliance.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer doesn’t only affect those patients who use tobacco products, even though they do have a higher risk for the disease. In fact, as much as 30% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer each year do not take part in any of the high risk behaviors. In order to protect our patients from this deadly disease, we complete thorough oral cancer screenings as part of every six month checkup. If we discover areas for concern, we will partner with patients to quickly receive appropriate care.
Fluoride is a nutrient necessary to support the development of strong, fully functioning teeth. A lack of ingested fluoride in the diet has been linked to weakened tooth enamel and a higher risk for tooth decay. Thus, fluoride was introduced into most tap water supplies, but with increasing numbers of patients not drinking tap water, we see patients of all ages displaying weakened tooth enamel. Additionally, ingested fluoride does not provide the same boost to tooth enamel after teeth have fully developed and erupted from the gum line. That’s why fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes are such an essential part of oral hygiene. We can also offer patients in-office fluoride treatments during six month checkups if they experience frequent decay, have tooth sensitivity, or have weakened enamel.
If you experience dental damage, toothache, tooth loss, or other emergencies, please contact our office right away. In most cases, we’re able to provide same day urgent care appointments for our patients of record. We’ll always do our utmost to see new patients quickly as well. Regardless of when we’re able to see patients, one of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through first aid and pain management techniques over the phone to ensure your comfort until you reach our office.
As a family dental practice, we welcome our patients to bring their children to our team for all of their necessary dental care. Our dentists and staff members have training and experience that allows us to provide children with the quality level of dental care we give to adults with an eye toward meeting the unique oral health and behavioral needs of young patients. That means we take time with your little one to answer questions, carefully explain each treatment we provide, and help them learn the skills they need to keep their healthy, natural smiles for life while looking forward to visiting the dentist. We always go above and beyond to make patients feel completely comfortable, and when it comes to caring for young patients, this is especially important.