General and Family Dentistry in Attleboro, MA
Attleboro Family Dental Care provides general and family dentistry in Attleboro, MA. Call 508-552-4222 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
We believe that your dental health and your overall well-being are closely linked, which is why preventive dental care is so important. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits every six months; with these visits, we can closely monitor the health of your teeth and gums, preventing the need for restorative procedures and ensuring that your beautiful smile lasts a lifetime.
Biannual oral examinations are essential when it comes to identifying potential problems before they compromise your health. During your evaluation, the doctor will inspect your mouth, head, and neck for abnormal growths or lesions. When needed, we will also take imaging to give us a more complete view of your teeth and jaw.
Dental Cleaning (Oral Prophylaxis)
As part of your routine dental visits, your teeth will be cleaned to remove deposits of plaque and tartar. Once these deposits are removed, your teeth will be polished to create a smooth surface that makes it harder for new plaque to accumulate. Dental cleanings are critical for preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Athletic Mouth Guards
Custom-made athletic mouth guards are a must for children and adults who are involved in sports. These mouth guards provide the best possible protection from injury because they’re fitted to the teeth and jaw and made with a more comfortable material than the mouth guards sold online and in stores.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Dry Mouth Treatment
Dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable. A lack of saliva leaves you more susceptible to tooth decay. Your dentist will help diagnose the cause of dry mouth and suggest over-the-counter products that can provide relief.
Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry
Is dental cleaning necessary?
Yes, a professional dental cleaning cannot be replicated by brushing at home. When plaque hardens on the teeth, it turns into a substance called tartar—and tartar can only be removed using professional tools. When tartar is not removed regularly, it may begin to cause tooth decay and gum disease.
How often should you visit a dentist?
For most patients, seeing the dentist every six months is sufficient. Some patients, particularly those with gum disease, may need to visit the dentist more often for monitoring and oral health maintenance.
How long is a dental exam?
A typical appointment for an exam and dental cleaning is 45-60 minutes, depending on the condition of your teeth. If it’s been a while since you’ve last seen the dentist, your appointment may be slightly longer.
What happens if you haven’t been to a dentist in years?
We welcome all patients to our practice. Whether it’s because of dental anxiety, life circumstances, or a busy schedule, we’ll never judge you for lapses in dental care—instead, we’re simply happy you’ve chosen to see us. We’ll work together with you to get you back on track so you can smile proudly again.
Do dental cleanings whiten teeth?
Yes, dental cleanings can remove mild staining from your teeth, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. If you have significant stains or yellowing, you will likely need teeth whitening treatments in order to achieve noticeably whiter teeth.
Call 508-552-4222 to schedule your appointment.