Preventive Dentistry– Winthrop, MA
Healthy Smile, Healthy Life
At Brooks Dental, we want to help you keep oral health problems away for a lifetime to come. Unfortunately, many adults will still experience moderate to severe cases of periodontal (gum) disease. Visiting our dental office every six months is a great way to ensure you aren’t surprised by a significant periodontal infection -- but if you do find yourself dealing with persistent bad breath, swollen and tender gums, and the other side effects of gum disease, the team at Brooks Dental can help.
Why Choose Brooks Dental for Preventive Dentistry?
- Three Generations of Practicing Dentists
- Advanced Digital Technology
- Children, Adults & Whole Families Always Welcome
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Every patient, both young and old, needs to be visiting the dentist’s office at least twice each calendar year. Why? Because even diligent brushers and flossers can end up with concerning dental problems that go unnoticed by untrained eyes. At Brooks Dental, our knowledgeable team will be able to pinpoint them in the earliest stages during a dedicated professional checkup and provide effective treatment that potentially saves you from more extensive damage and cost down the road. Additionally, our talented hygienists will eliminate decay-causing plaque, tartar buildup, and minor staining from the oral surfaces during a thorough cleaning.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults here in the United States. This oral infection is no laughing matter, and our team works hard to help patients avoid it through focused preventive care and effective therapy options. We also have an in-house periodontist who provides specialty services to restore much-needed health to teeth and gums once damage is already present.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that on average, one person dies from oral cancer every hour? Catching this dangerous condition in the earliest stages possible can make a world of difference for our patients, which is why the Brooks Dental team has integrated dedicated screenings into regular preventive appointments. A thorough examination of the tongue and oral tissues will shed light on any concerning indications, such as discoloration and lumps. If needed, questionable lesions can be tested with an Oral CDX brush biopsy to determine if cancerous cells are present.
Dental sealants are an excellent and very easy way to help younger patients enjoy healthier teeth as they’re still learning how to brush and floss. A sealant is a thin, protective layer made from safe, plastic-based materials. It is applied over the surfaces on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (the premolars and molars), and it acts as a barrier from food particles and harmful bacteria. As a result, your son or daughter greatly decreases their risk of developing cavities in these hard-to-reach areas!
If you’ve got passionate athletes in the family, we strongly recommend investing in a custom-made sportsguard from Brooks Dental. Unlike “one size fits all” appliances from the local sports store, these high-quality devices are designed with a patient’s comfort in mind, providing a secure, flexible fit that keeps teeth safe from harm while still allowing for easy breathing and speaking throughout the big game.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (the fancy term for “teeth grinding”) is a very common oral health problem that can affect people of all ages. If you’re regularly waking up in the mornings with a sore jaw and lingering headaches, it is likely that you grind your teeth at night without even realizing it. Thankfully, our team can help protect your smile from continuing wear with the support of a custom-made nightguard. This sturdy device will establish a tough barrier between the top and bottom teeth, minimizing dangerous contact as you rest easy.
Years and years of research have demonstrated a clear positive link between healthier, stronger teeth and safe exposure to fluoride through drinking water and oral hygiene products. This natural mineral can work wonders on the enamel, which is why our dentists may recommend professional applications for children and adults during routine checkups. This process only takes a few minutes, and is a safe and effective way to further fight formation of cavities.
At Brooks Dental, we love welcoming in the whole family for ongoing care! Our dentists can treat infants, toddlers, school-aged children, teenagers, and everyone who falls somewhere in-between, supporting their growing smiles at every major stage of development by providing gentle, friendly services that are well-suited to their current level of emotional maturity. Many of our preventive services are very well-suited for younger teeth, such as dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and more.
All of us have suffered from bad breath at one time or another. But it is estimated 40 million Americans suffer from bad breath that never goes away. The medical term for this condition is halitosis. Surprisingly, most people with halitosis are not aware of their problem breath. That is because our sense of smell has an amazing ability to adjust to odors. Unfortunately, there is no cure for 90% of oral halitosis. It requires long-term control and management of this condition. The BreathRx™ Breath Management System was developed to make long-term treatment easy, convenient and effective.
Most people think bad breath is a result of what is going on in our stomachs. But that is not the whole story. The actual odor of halitosis is generated by bacteria thriving in the mouth under the gums, and in the nooks and crannies on the teeth and the surface of the tongue. Left untreated, these bacteria create volatile sulfur compounds that have a characteristic “rotten egg” smell. Most people would probably like their breath to be more pleasant than that. And this is precisely what the Breath Rx™ System is designed to do – give you pleasant smelling breath. Come in to find out more!
All power toothbrushes are not created equal: SoniCare has patented sonic technology with bristle tips moving 3 times faster than other leading power toothbrushes to create dynamic cleaning action. A SoniCare toothbrush will help you remove plaque and pesky surface stains from your teeth, as it has been clinically proven to significantly reduce coffee, tea and tobacco stains in just 28 days.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Preventive dentistry in Winthrop is the ticket for ensuring that you receive prompt gum disease treatment when you need it. When was your last visit to Brooks Dental? If it’s been more than six months, it’s time to come see us! Request an appointment with our team today.