Preventing Problems
Before They Start

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to your well-being, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile bright, visiting your family dentist for a compressive exam and cleaning is essential.

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Routine Dental Cleanings

Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is a vital part of your oral healthcare. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once per year, or as recommended by your dentist, to ensure your teeth stay healthy.

At McMahon Family Dental, your hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and can help you identify the areas of your mouth that you might be missing with your daily oral health regimen. We recommend regular cleanings for our patients starting at age three and up, every six months.

Periodontal Treatment

The importance of healthy gums cannot be understated. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth into place. You may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are already damaged – and that’s where we come in.

We assess the health of your gum tissue through periodontal charting, probing of the gum tissue, and x-rays to observe the supporting bone. In the event that this infection is present, it can often be treated with a non-surgical procedure called Scaling and Root Planing. This “deep cleaning” removes harmful bacteria from below your gum line and smooths the root surfaces to prevent further attachment of bone-destructing bacteria.

Oral Cancer Screening

At McMahon Family Dental, we have the skills and tools to ensure that the beginning signs and symptoms or oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified early.

Our team is trained in a simple screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole (not just your teeth) to detect these conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel your mouth tissue and throat to detect and identify any abnormalities.

Fluoride

You might brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the dentist twice a year, but did you know that fluoride–a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?

Fluoride comes in two varieties: Systemic and Topical. Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. Topical fluoride can help prevent cavities on your teeth that are present in your mouth, and is usually delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, or professional fluoride applications.

Sealants

We understand that sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. But if left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Mouthguards

Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. So whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect both your teeth and gums from injuries.

To schedule your appointment with one of our Jenison family dentists, CONTACT US or CALL McMahon Family Dental directly at 616.457.2710.