The American Dental Association recommends that you get an oral exam and teeth cleaning every six months. Routine oral exams help you save time and money, prevent common dental issues, and give you peace of mind.
During your appointment, the dental team at North Billerica Smiles will take x-rays to help diagnose any small, hidden issues. We’ll clean and floss your teeth using professional-grade tools, and your dentist will examine your mouth to look for signs of oral health issues. If you’ve got a clean bill of health, we’ll simply schedule your next routine visit in another six months. If you need a follow-up, your dentist will discuss next steps with you and schedule the care you need.
Fluoride treatments involve applying a layer of fluoride varnish, gel, or paste to your teeth. This is applied directly to your enamel, usually right after a teeth cleaning. Fluoride is a natural substance that strengthens your teeth by attracting certain beneficial minerals to your enamel. Routine fluoride treatments are often recommended for cavity-prone children, but are appropriate for patients of all ages.
Dental sealants use a special type of liquid resin to coat your teeth and protect them from decay. Your dentist at North Billerica Smiles will apply the resin directly to your rear teeth, then harden it using UV light. This forms a durable barrier that protects your enamel from decay for up to 5 years or longer.
We offer a full suite of periodontal care services to prevent and treat gum disease. If we find that you have gum disease during your appointment, this means you will need a “deep cleaning” (also known as scaling & root planing) to remove harmful substances from between your teeth and gums.
This is a special type of cleaning that involves using specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. Your tooth roots will also be smoothed out to eliminate bacteria “pockets.” This treatment takes two appointments because your mouth will need to be numbed and only one half can be cleaned at a time.
With proper at-home oral care and antibiotics, this is often enough to halt or reverse minor to moderate cases of gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, it’s important to come and see our doctors right away. The sooner you get a deep cleaning, the better your outcome will be.
Oral cancer is often hard to detect unless it’s caught early by a dentist, so our doctors use advanced tools like intraoral cameras to look for signs of oral cancer at each six-month visit. With oral cancer screenings from North Billerica Smiles, you can get peace of mind, particularly if you have risk factors for oral cancer like excessive sun exposure, smoking, or HPV infection.