Preventive Dentistry – Annapolis, MD
Education and Prevention Key to Long-Term Health
When we talk about preventive dentistry in Annapolis, we’re talking about the most basic treatments designed to keep your oral health in check for years to come. Checkups, cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and children’s dentistry all play a major role in your family’s care. Our dentists are prepared to meet all of your preventive needs and create a comfortable environment for your care. Call our dental office today to schedule your first appointment!
Why Choose Neil W Vanik, DDS PA for Preventive Dentistry?
- Caring Dentists Focused on Education, Not Pressuring Treatment
- Caters to Families Looking for Care
- Sleep Apnea Treatment Available
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Basic cleanings and checkups are the foundation for healthy teeth and gums, which is why we recommend that you visit our dental office once every six months for this routine appointment. During your exam, we’ll perform a detailed inspection of all of your teeth and oral structures to confirm no problems are present. Our cleanings work to remove any dental plaque and tartar that has collected on the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
While fluoride can be found in the foods you eat, your public drinking water, and your oral care products, it’s also provided at our dental office after your routine cleaning. This is because fluoride is crucial to helping the mouth re-mineralize teeth. These topical treatments are also ideal for protecting teeth from future plaque, tartar, and decay development, especially for younger patients. Fluoride treatments, while only taking a few minutes to complete, provide assurance that you’re doing everything necessary to protect your oral health.
Oral Cancer Screening
Approximately 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in a given year. When caught early enough, treatment can save lives. However, many cases of oral cancer go unnoticed until it’s too late, which is why routine oral cancer screenings are so important. To perform these screenings, we perform palpations along the head and neck as well as capture X-rays. If we believe that the signs of oral cancer are present, we’ll refer you to a general practitioner for further diagnosis and treatment.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If you wake up with chronic jaw pain or your teeth feel sensitive, it could be due to untreated clenching and teeth grinding. This issue is truly double-pronged as it can both cause muscle soreness and enamel erosion, leaving your mouth in pain throughout the day and your teeth extra sensitive, especially to extreme temperatures. With a custom-made nightguard, we can protect your teeth from future unconscious grinding and clenching.
At-Home Oral Hygiene Products
Choosing the right oral care products can be difficult when there are so many options to choose from. At our dental office, we recommend Clinpro and Peridex for your at-home oral care needs; however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t products that may be better suited to meet your unique needs. For example, those who struggle with controlling tartar, teeth sensitivity, or chronic bad breath may need special accommodations. We’ll work with you to build an oral care routine that meets your needs.
Children’s dentistry is essential to long-term oral health because it gives our dental office a chance to examine your child’s current oral development. For example, we’ll take the steps to confirm that their baby teeth are growing in properly and that no decay or gum disease is present. We’ll also help them understand basic at-home oral hygiene, whether it’s brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, or other important information.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
If you find yourself waking up often in the middle of the night, especially if you snore loudly, it could mean that you have untreated sleep apnea. Don’t settle for tired days working or chronic fatigue. Instead, you can pursue sleep apnea therapy at our dental office! Our dentists are capable of creating custom oral appliances that work to reposition your jaw, allowing for more airflow to occur. This prevents apnea episodes and helps you sleep through the night, leaving you refreshed.