Preventive Dentistry – Cambridge

Prevent Oral Health Issues from Developing

A preventive dental program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Avoiding dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Preventive dentistry in Cambridge also includes regular dental exams, teeth cleanings, and X-rays. Dental sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.

Dental Checkups & Cleanings

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To maintain a healthy, happy smile, routine dental exams and cleanings are the way to go! It is strongly recommended that most patients attend two regular dental visits every year. During this time, your dentist will thoroughly examine your smile to check for problematic areas. This includes routine X-rays to check for issues under the surface. This appointment also includes a professional cleaning where your dental hygienist will clear away plaque and tartar using dental instruments. They will also floss and polish your teeth, leaving you with a squeaky-clean smile to show off!

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Dental Sealants

Teen in the dental chair

Younger patients who are still learning proper brushing and flossing techniques often fall victim to tooth decay, especially on the back molars that are difficult to reach. Fortunately, dental sealants are an option to provide an extra layer of protection for younger patients. This involves our team applying the sealants over the deep pits and grooves of the molars and premolars. Once placed, they help to block food particles and harmful bacteria from gathering, reducing the likelihood of damage.

Nightguards for Bruxism

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Did you know that approximately 5% to 8% of Americans have bruxism? Bruxism is the condition in which someone clenches or grinds their teeth. In most cases, this occurs at night during sleep, so many people are completely unaware that they do it. The problem is that clenching and grinding can wear down the tooth enamel over time, increasing your risk of dental issues. It also puts additional pressure on the jaw, leading to problems with the temporomandibular joint.

Oral Cancer Screening

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Thousands of new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year. Fortunately, when detected early on, oral cancer has a 90% survival rate. That’s why we always perform an oral cancer screening during your routine dental exams. This way, if we notice any abnormalities, we can take action quickly so you can get the treatment you need.

Fluoride Treatment

Child getting fluoride treatment

Did you know that fluoride is added to most community water supplies? This natural mineral has a positive impact on oral health. In fact, many studies have shown that people who ingest fluoride tend to have stronger, healthier teeth on average than those who don’t. At Harbor Dental Center, we offer professional fluoride treatment to children and others who can benefit from additional exposure.

Gum Disease Treatment

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Approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease at one severity or another. Fortunately, when addressed early on, gingivitis can be reversed. However, if gum disease progresses to the severe form, periodontitis, it can lead to a variety of oral health issues, including some that are permanent, like gum recession, tooth loss, and bone deterioration. If you have bleeding, inflamed gum tissues, you should seek treatment. We can put together a plan to restore the health of your gums, keeping your smile in good shape.

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TMJ Treatment

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If you experience clicking of your jaw when you’re chewing, frequently wake up with headaches, or experience chronic pain in your jaw, it’s possible that you could have TMJ dysfunction. If this is the case, there are a variety of options available to receive relief. This can range from wearing a custom bite guard, using relaxation techniques, or being prescribed muscle relaxants. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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