Preventative Dentistry in Wilmington, DE
Our dental office in Wilmington, DE, strives to provide optimal oral health care using state-of-the-art materials, technologically advanced equipment, and highly skilled staff within an atmosphere that nurtures rather than "lectures."
Your initial dental visit is not just an appointment but more like an experience! We reserve enough time so that you can discuss your oral health needs and concerns with the dentist. We can also streamline your appointment to suit your busy schedule!
Preventive Dentistry in Wilmington, DE
During your visit, you will receive a comprehensive examination evaluating jaw and joint health, bite relationships, soft tissues, pathologies, and facial muscles.
Dr. Gladnick, our best dentist in Wilmington, DE, will also review your medical and dental histories, completely chart the integrity of your teeth, including current repairs and replacements, evaluate your periodontal health, and provide an oral cancer screening.
Our experienced hygienists will make your teeth feel and look brand new!
To recap, your preventive dental visit provides the following:
- Comprehensive oral health checkup
- X-rays as needed
- Oral cancer screening
- Dental cleaning
We may also discuss other preventive measures like dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Preventive dentistry lowers your risks for gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay.
At-Home Care Between Preventive Checkups and Teeth Cleanings
Your Wilmington dentist (and most dental professionals) recommend visiting the dentist every six months to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. However, it would be best if you also brushed and flossed on schedule between dental checkups. Brushing and flossing after every meal are ideal, but if this schedule isn't feasible, we suggest twice-daily oral hygiene sessions as a minimum.
You should also talk to your dentist if you suspect bruxism (teeth grinding) because it can wear down your enamel, lead to tooth loss, and cause a lot of pain. It is best to report all oral changes to your dentist as soon as possible.
What to Do about Aching or Sensitive Teeth
First, you need to understand why your teeth have become so sensitive and know that you are not alone. Many people recoil at the thought of drinking a hot cup of tea or eating a cold dish of ice cream. The most common reason for the discomfort is exposed roots.
Typically, your roots are covered by gum tissue. However, the tissue can shrink over time due to bruxism (grinding your teeth), brushing too vigorously, and gum disease. Unfortunately, some of your favorite beverages (soda, coffee, tea, wine, juices, and energy drinks) can also contribute to enamel erosion. The result is the exposure of the dentin part of the tooth, which contains tubules that lead directly to the nerve endings.
So what can we do to help you with the resulting sensitivity? First of all, try over-the-counter toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth. If that does not work, Dr. Gladnick can prescribe a toothpaste that effectively reduces sensitivity to hot and cold. Another remedy is bonding the problem areas, essentially applying a fine, protective varnish to the exposed roots. Problem solved!
For Quality Dentistry in Wilmington, DE, Contact Us
Drs. Gladnick and Justison are pleased to offer quality dental care in Wilmington. And our central location allows us to see patients from all over, including Pike Creek, New Castle, Newark, Hockessin, Centerville, and parts of Pennsylvania!