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Preventative Dentistry

Take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy smile!

Chelsea Comprehensive Dental offers several preventative dental services. You can read about some of our most common preventative services below.  Be sure to make an appointment with us soon so we can help you keep your teeth in tiptop shape.

Checkups

We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients with good oral health. Your checkup will give us an opportunity to update your dental records and assess your oral health. Early treatment is always in your best interest.

How we can help
An adult checkup may include these services:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Digital photos
  • Tooth-by-tooth inspection
  • Head and neck exam
  • Occlusion/bite analysis
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease assessment
  • Dental cleaning
  • Treatment consultation

We also love seeing children at Chelsea Comprehensive Dental.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental examination at the time of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.  Early diagnosis and treatment is key to treating most oral conditions in children.

Periodontal Cleanings

Gum disease or periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems and some types of cancer to name a few.  Nearly half of the US population age 30 and older suffers from periodontal disease.

How we can help: If you show signs of gum disease, we can provide treatment options to remove the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Regular maintenance visits will help to ensure gums remain healthy and strong.

Sealants and Fluoride

Dr. Draiss may recommend dental sealants for children and fluoride treatments during a checkup. These preventive measures help to deter tooth decay.

How we can help: A dental sealant is a tooth colored material applied to the grooves on the biting surface of back teeth. It acts as a barrier against the sugars and starches that cause tooth decay. For kids and teens sealants on hard-to-clean back teeth can greatly reduce the risk of cavities. Dental sealants will wear over time and may need to be replaced periodically.

Fluoride treatments consist of applying a fluoride varnish to the teeth.  Fluoride varnish helps to prevent tooth decay and reduce tooth sensitivity.  Both adults and children can benefit from professional fluoride varnish.

Mouthguards

You wear protective gear during sporting events including pads, a helmet, the proper shoes and gloves. It only makes sense to take the same precautions for your mouth. A custom fitted mouthguard protects your teeth, soft tissues and jaw from fractures and lacerations.  A custom fitted mouthguard can also help protect against concussions.  Every athlete should make a mouthguard standard gear.

How we can help: We will make an impression of your teeth in our office.  We will then send the impression to one of our highly respected dental labs to fabricate a custom mouthguard.  A custom mouthguard will not only offer a high level of protection from injury but will also provide a much more comfortable fit than the standard over the counter mouthguards.

Chelsea Comprehensive Dental wants to help you prevent problems with your teeth and maintain a healthy smile. For more information, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Draiss.