Protect Your Healthy, Beautiful Smile in Kennett Square with Preventative Dentistry Treatments
With the advances in the dental field today, practically any problem can be readily addressed. If you have a damaged tooth, it can be repaired. If you have a missing tooth, it can be replaced. But what if you never encountered these problems to begin with? At Adey Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Adey provides treatments in preventative dentistry to help his patients stop dental issues before they start.
Routine Dental Cleanings and Examinations
Most people have their teeth professionally cleaned about once every six months. Did you know there is a scientific reason behind this? It takes about that long for oral bacteria to repopulate. Some patients may require more frequent cleanings. This is typically because they are prone to certain dental issues such as gum disease or tooth decay. During a dental cleaning, our hygienist will carefully remove plaque deposits and tartar from your teeth, and polish your enamel to a beautiful shine.
Typically, Dr. Adey can perform your examination on the same day. During this assessment, he will check the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw joints. He will also perform an oral cancer screening and measure your periodontal pockets. X-rays may be necessary during this visit, as well, depending on the date of your last radiographs. This is an essential part of the appointment, as it will help Dr. Adey visualize any cavities or abnormalities.
Sometimes, the back teeth can have deep grooves in the chewing surfaces. These areas can trap food and debris, and make your teeth vulnerable to cavities. Dental sealants can shield the teeth and protect them from decay. To apply the dental sealant, Dr. Adey will simply clean the teeth, paint on a clear plastic coating, and harden the material with a curing light.
When we consume sugary foods, oral bacteria feed on it, creating an acidic environment. This acid can break down the enamel that protects your teeth – a process known as demineralization. When this breakdown occurs, the teeth become much more vulnerable to cavities.
Fluoride is a common mineral, found in various places throughout nature. This substance can actually aid in remineralizing the enamel, making the teeth strong and resilient to decay. Dr. Adey provides concentrated fluoride treatments at our practice for children and adults alike.
Custom Athletic Mouth Guards
Sports-related dental trauma can certainly diminish the appearance of your smile. It can also be quite expensive to repair fractured, damaged, or knocked-out teeth. A custom athletic mouth guard is a simple solution to this problem. Unlike a store-bought guard, a custom appliance fits snugly over your teeth for a sleek and comfortable fit. To fabricate the guard, dental impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab, where a skilled technician will create your appliance. Whether you are on the court or field, a custom mouth guard can protect your teeth and soft tissues from serious trauma.
Custom Night Guards for Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can have a significant negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums. When excessive force is constantly placed on the teeth, it can lead to a myriad of other dental concerns, including tooth erosion, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Unfortunately, this type of activity commonly occurs during sleep, so many patients do not even realize they are suffering from bruxism. If you show signs of clenching or grinding, a custom night guard could be beneficial for you. Our custom night guards cushion the teeth and protect them from excessive force. Depending on your need, you can even have an oral appliance crafted that will place your jaw in a more favorable position. These custom night guards can prevent pain and dental damage, and keep your smile looking great.
Learn More about Preventative Dentistry
If you are looking for ways to maintain your pearly whites, or if you are searching for a dental home for your family, schedule a consultation with Dr. Adey. He can help you determine a maintenance plan that will protect your oral health for years to come. You can contact us online anytime, or call our Kennett Square, PA practice at (610) 444-2928.