At Atlantic Dentistry, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. Family dentistry is focused on preventing potential complications, rather than treating them. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with Dr. Sebastien Murphy or Dr. Murphy will typically include a professional cleaning and a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.
Despite your best efforts, dental cleaning at home might not be effective. Fortunately, it is possible to attain optimal oral hygiene through professional dental cleaning. At Atlantic Dentistry, we offer professional dental cleaning services, which help to improve your oral health and prevent the occurrence of various dental health issues.
At Atlantic Dentistry, we recommend getting routine cleanings and checkups as a part of your general dental care. One reason for this is to catch any oral health issues you may have, such as halitosis, better known as bad breath. The main cause of halitosis is tooth decay or gum disease.
At Atlantic Dentistry, we offer oral cancer screening services, which helps to detect the disease at its onset, thus allowing for timely and lifesaving treatment.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages.
As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to the occlusal (bite) surface of the molars and premolars. These teeth possess deep grooves and fissures that are much harder to clean, especially for children and teenagers. Sometimes the grooves are so thin that the bristles of a toothbrush are rendered essentially ineffective. A sealant will provide a more even brushing surface and seal off the enamel from harmful bacteria. Preventing tooth decay will ensure your child’s smile remains beautiful for years to come!
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Periodontal maintenance basically refers to various oral health care measures, which are taken to ensure that periodontal disease does not recur. This is achieved by keeping bacterial infection at bay. The maintenance care, however, also offers several other benefits, in addition to keeping the disease away.
If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend a mouth guard. A mouth guard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies.
If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may also recommend a night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is mouth guards. These help to bring your lower jaw forward when you are sleeping at night. This helps because sleep apnea is often caused by blocked airways when the jaw slips backward at night.
• Sleep Apnea Home Remedies
• What is Sleep Apnea?
Problems such as sleep apnea can cause a significant disruption to peoples’ lives. Here at Atlantic Dentistry, we can provide oral appliance therapy to help with a range of conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea.
TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is characterized by the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which causes severe pain to the joints, the jawbone, and the surrounding muscles.
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