Our team focuses on finding and treating symptoms in your mouth long before you have to worry about losing your teeth to decay or gum disease. Have you had a checkup or cleaning in the last six months? If you’re due for preventive dentistry in Sunnyside, NY, call Dent-Care Dental today. Dr. Volker’s years of experience, eye for detail, and wide array of state-of-the-art technology all form a powerful defense against the bacteria and other factors that constantly threaten your smile.
You can brush and floss your teeth every night to the best of your ability, but that doesn’t mean that plaque and cavities aren’t forming without your knowledge. At Dent-Care Dental, we can take detailed X-rays of your mouth and look for subtle signs of dental issues that you might have overlooked on your own. Regular visits also provide the chance to clean away calculus – a hardened form of dental plaque that’s extremely difficult to remove with a conventional toothbrush.
The naturally occurring mineral fluoride has long been an indispensable part of good oral hygiene, acting as support for the enamel in fighting against harmful bacteria. Patients who have an especially high risk of cavities could benefit from a supplemental fluoride treatment. The rinse, foam, gel, or varnish is painlessly applied to the teeth in just a few minutes. Afterward, you may need to refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least half an hour to give the teeth a chance to absorb the fluoride.
Occasional grinding or clenching of the teeth isn’t normally harmful, but if it keeps happening at night while you’re asleep, it can lead to constant headaches and jaw pain. Eventually, your teeth could be worn down into stumps unless you give them some form of protection. Dr. Volker can fit you with a mouthguard that you can wear at night to stop the long-term damage done by grinding. A professionally designed nightguard will be much more comfortable and effective than one you get at the store.
You might not have realized it, but every time you visited the dentist in the past, they were looking for symptoms of oral cancer – specifically, suspicious lumps or discolored patches that might warrant a biopsy. As soon as we notice something might be wrong in your mouth, we’ll talk to you about the process of having it diagnosed and – if necessary – appropriately treated. Acting quickly is often the key to saving your life if you’re found to have cancer of any kind.