Preventive Dentistry in East Brunswick
Whether our patients are young or simply young at heart, their dental care with us always starts with prevention. Why? Because we would much rather help someone avoid dental problems than have to fix them later. With the treatments outlined below, we will be able to give your entire family problem-free smiles that last for many years to come. Is it time for your next checkup? If it has been more than six months, be sure to give us a call today!
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
A checkup and cleaning appointment is absolutely the cornerstone of dentistry. With these services, we are able to eliminate harmful plaque and bacteria from your teeth in order to keep them from developing into cavities, and our doctors will also have the chance to catch any issues you might have at their earliest stages. By coming in for a checkup and cleaning regularly, we will be able to stop many dental issues before they even start and keep your smile looking and feeling great year after year.
When it comes to taking care of your little one’s smile, early-age dental appointments are absolutely essential. At our practice, we love serving East Brunswick’s littlest smiles using treatments specifically designed to meet a child’s dental needs and a gentle touch. We will go out of our way to ensure your child always have calm, cool, and relaxed appointments that will make sure their teeth stay healthy and strong as they grow.
Dental sealants allow us to give your child’s smile a little bit of extra protection right where they need it: their back teeth. The rough chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars can be particularly hard to clean when brushing for children, which is why we can apply a clear, thin layer of a resin based restorative material to these teeth to prevent plaque and food particles from gathering on them. This will create an invisible barrier that effectively protects them from both tooth decay and cavities.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, or do your teeth appear to be worn down over time? If so, you might be suffering from bruxism in your sleep, which causes a person to unconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth in a habitual fashion. To help you rest a little easier, we will recommend something called a nightguard. This custom-made mouthguard will be designed to fit your individual smile, and it will place a protective barrier between your teeth to prevent damage from grinding at night.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Do you or your children regularly participate in sports? Before you hit the field, mat, or court, you should make sure everyone’s smile is protected by a mouthguard. We provide custom-made mouthguards that are much more comfortable than anything you can buy at the store because they are made to fit each person’s unique smile. They are thicker and stronger as well, making them better at defending the smile from unexpected impacts as well.
Oral Cancer Screenings
This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and many will not survive the next five simply because the disease was caught too late. Oral cancer is very treatable when detected early, which is exactly why the American Cancer Society recommends that all patients should receive at least one screening a year. Dr. Ruiz will perform this service during each dental checkup so this terrible disease will never catch you off-guard.
Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods that has been shown to strengthen the teeth against decay and cavities, which is why you can often find it in toothpaste and public water sources. However, due to a rise in popularity of un-fluoridated bottled water, more and more people are missing out on this gift from nature, leaving their teeth vulnerable. That is why our team is more than happy to provide a supplemental fluoride treatment for children and adults alike to ensure their teeth stay nice and healthy between appointments.