Although we wish we could say that good oral health is easy to achieve and maintain, the truth is that a healthy and beautiful smile requires ongoing maintenance. Preventative dentistry refers to a group of dental treatments and oral hygiene practices that help minimize the risk of tooth decay and other problems. Not only does preventative dental care keep dental issues at bay, it also helps you avoid invasive and costly treatment in the future.
Preventative dental care is a primary focus of Dr. Mia Fitzgerald. Not only is she passionate about helping patients avoid serious dental issues, but she also spends a lot of time educating them on the important role oral health has on overall wellbeing. In addition she educates them on preventative strategies they can practice at home on their own. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventative dental care. Dr. Fitzgerald will recommend a plan for you based on your specific dental needs and goals.
Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Children and adults should visit the dentist for routine exams and cleanings every six months, or sooner if the dentist recommends it. Dental exams include an oral evaluation and possibly X-rays to help the dentist identify any issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. To clean your teeth, we use an array of dental instruments to remove calculus on the teeth and along the gum line as thoroughly and gently as possible. At the end of your cleaning, we will floss and polish your teeth, and go over the proper brushing and flossing techniques with you.
Your diet and eating habits play an integral role in your oral health. We offer diet counseling services to everyone and can offer specific advice and recommendations after evaluating your oral health, dental needs and medical history.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities. Many toothpastes and mouth rinses available over-the-counter contain fluoride. As an added precaution, Dr. Fitzgerald can perform an in-office fluoride treatment to further strengthen teeth. Different types of fluoride treatments are available at her office and she can recommend the best option for your needs.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are placed on the permanent molars to prevent dental decay and cavities from forming. Dr. Fitzgerald recommends dental sealants for children patients but can also use them on adult patients.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching, is an unhealthy habit that can have a profound effect on your oral health. Not only does it damage your teeth, but it can also affect your bite and lead to jaw pain and headaches. If Dr. Fitzgerald finds signs of bruxism, she may recommend you wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent further damage. Custom-made night guards are the best choice as they are designed specifically for your mouth, ensuring a snug yet comfortable fit.
Silent Night Snoring Devices
We offer silent nigh snoring devices to eliminate snoring and help you sleep better at night. Sleep devices are custom-made to your mouth’s unique specifications to ensure the best and most comfortable fit possible.
To discuss your oral health needs or to schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning with Sudbury’s most trusted dentist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mia Fitzgerald. Contact our dental practice by calling or emailing us today.