Preventive Dentists Providing General Dental Care
As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Nowhere is this truer than with dental care. In fact, both of our practices are founded on this belief. Starting with our comprehensive initial exams, our #1 priority is to help you keep healthy beautiful teeth for a lifetime. Our dental team will help you develop a proper system to care for your teeth at home, and we work hard to detect small issues before they become big problems.
Whether you are looking for a way to protect your daughter’s smile during soccer, or you are suffering from red and swollen gums, please take a few minutes to read the information below and do not hesitate to give us a call. Our team is ready to help.
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Every detail of the McCarl Dental Group is oriented toward your dental health and comfort. No where is that more important than your routine visits for general dental hygiene. Our accomplished doctors are complimented by our highly trained team of dental hygienists who are skilled at making you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit.
All of our registered dental hygienists keep up with the latest procedures and innovations in dentistry through routine continuing education classes. These include the latest periodontal therapies as well as current dental products and materials. We are all trained in nutritional counseling and oral cancer screening.
We recommend a professional dental hygiene visit at least twice a year. Your visit will include professional cleaning, tartar removal, plaque removal, x-rays (if needed) and fluoride treatment. Your healthy, beautiful smile is our mission.
Dental Exams in Millersville, MD
The American Dental Association and the team at McCarl Dental Group recommend a professional checkup and cleaning twice per year, or once every six months. During these periodic hygiene visits, a member of our dedicated team will make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed before performing a thorough cleaning and assessment of your teeth and gums. These routine checkups also present the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have about treatment and your oral health.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that fortifies the strength of tooth enamel. With fluoride treatments at McCarl Dental Group, we can ensure that your teeth are better protected against the acid-causing bacteria responsible for tooth decay. This type of treatment is particularly helpful for children and adults who are at a high risk for dental caries.
Periodontal Therapy in Greenbelt and Millersville, MD
The dentists and dental hygienists of the McCarl Dental Group have extensive experience and continued educational training for all aspects of periodontal treatments and gum diseases. The periodontal treatments we provide are based on the patient’s unique requirements but are most frequently classified as Gingivitis or periodontitis.
Common risk factors to consider include:
- tobacco smoking or chewing
- systemic diseases such as diabetes
- some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
- bridges that no longer fit properly
- crooked teeth
- fillings that have become defective
Several warning signs that can signal a problem:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel as though you may require periodontal treatment.
Oral Cancer Screening
You may not think 'dentist' when you hear the words `cancer screening,' but part of every dental check up involves looking for early signs of oral cancer. During your dental hygiene exam, our doctors and hygienists perform routine oral cancer screenings by inspecting a patient's tongue, floor and roof of the mouth. If these preliminary screenings warrant additional investigation, our doctors or hygienists may suggest additional steps.
According to the American Dental Association, properly fitted athletic mouthguards effectively prevent approximately 200,000 injuries in collegiate and high school football every year. Custom-fitted to your unique dentition, our athletic mouthguards have been shown to reduce the risk of serious injury to the lips, tongue, teeth, gums, and jaw. In fact, athletic mouthguards can even diminish the severity of concussions sustained during gameplay. Ask about custom sportsguards for yourself or your children today.
Dental sealants are ultra-thin layers of coating that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from harmful bacteria. Because the molars and premolars feature deep grooves along their chewing surfaces, they are more susceptible to dental caries. Once applied, sealants provide several years of increased protection from cavities. The sealant application process takes only a few minutes per tooth and is completely painless.