Diagnostic and Preventive Treatments in Harleysville PA
Everyone knows that taking proper care of your teeth will increase your chances of enjoying a lifetime of excellent oral health. But we’re all busy, and maintaining regular appointments for exams and cleanings may not be a high priority on your to-do list.
At the office of William T. McMaugh, DDS, we understand the importance of prevention and the positive impact it can have on your oral health. That is why one of our primary goals is to help you understand the benefits of basic preventive treatments and how they can protect and maintain the health of your teeth.
Identifying and Diagnosing Problems
The first step in developing any treatment plan is to identify problems to get an overall picture of your oral health. Together with dental exams and cleanings, x-rays are one of the most valuable diagnostic tools we have. They allow us to see deep inside your tooth and find decay and disease in its earliest stages, often before you’re aware that a problem exists.
As part of your routine cleaning and exam, our hygienist will perform a simple, painless test referred to as periodontal charting. The purpose is to measure the spaces (pockets) between your teeth and gums.
When gum tissue is healthy, the pockets are very small. If periodontal disease is present, the pockets increase in size. The information gathered during periodontal charting assists us in developing a treatment plan to address gum infection before it damages your oral health.
Now that we have a good idea what’s going on inside your mouth, we can develop a treatment plan that is personalized to fit your needs. There are a number of steps we can take to strengthen your teeth and protect them from disease and decay:
- Fluoride treatments are an effective tool for helping to strengthen and protect your family’s teeth. Most of our patients get sufficient fluoride through our water supply and the foods we eat. But routine preventive exams allow Dr. McMaugh to determine if a fluoride treatment should be part of your preventive dental care.
- Sealants are a thin protective layer that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. We apply dental sealants to the deep natural grooves of molars to act a s a barrier that keeps out bacteria and food particles that cause decay. We often place sealants on the six-year and twelve-years molars as soon as possible in children. They are also important for older children and adults who are at a higher risk of decay.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can occur for many reasons, including dental erosion, decay, or a cracked tooth. If you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, we can apply a thin coating of fluoride to reduce discomfort. Dr. McMaugh or our hygienist will also talk to you about other steps you can take, like switching to desensitizing toothpaste.
We’re committed to promoting your overall well-being with quality dental care. Our office is warm and inviting, and our friendly staff will make you feel right at home. We will spend all the time necessary to answer your questions so that you feel informed and confident about your treatment.
Please contact our Harleysville dental office today to make an appointment for a routine checkup and professional dental cleaning. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve optimal oral health.