Visiting our practice frequently in addition to practicing good oral hygiene and eating healthy is the best way to maintain your oral health and prevent the development of chronic oral disease.
Checkups and Cleanings
Keeping regular appointments for dental cleanings and checkups is the first line of defense for preventing and diagnosing an array of dental conditions. Checkups are very thorough. Our dentist will examine the health of the entire oral cavity through a physical examination and by taking diagnostic images like X-rays. Everything from the jawbones to glands in the neck will be evaluated. A checkup can reveal conditions like abscessed teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, bone deterioration, and oral cancer.
Cleanings are just as important as checkups. Even if a person brushes and flosses properly – without fail – plaque is still left behind. As plaque hardens into calculus, it will form tartar, which can only be scraped away with professional instruments. Cleanings help control the accumulation of tartar, therefore preserving the health of teeth and gingiva.
Sometimes, early detection of problems like enamel loss or weak teeth give us an opportunity to use preventive treatments that can stop the development of tooth decay. Preventive treatments can strengthen teeth or cover surfaces where bacteria tend to collect.
Common preventive procedures include the application of fluoride varnishes or dental sealants. Fluoride is used to strengthen tooth enamel by replenishing its mineral content while sealants are ultra-thin plastic coatings that are applied over the pits and grooves of teeth. A sealant is clear and applied in liquid form then hardened with a curing light. Both fluoride treatments and sealants are non-invasive ways to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and breakage.
VIDEO: The importance of regular checkups
Fillings and Restorations
Unfortunately, tooth decay affects people of all ages – even those who practice good oral hygiene. When a cavity forms, expedient treatment is necessary to prevent it from deepening and affecting the more sensitive structures of the inside of teeth. Fillings and other restorations are used to treat dental caries while preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible.
A filling is a small restoration used to treat minor tooth decay. The most common material used for this type of restoration is composite resin – a tooth-colored material that is biocompatible with tooth structure. More extensive restorations like dental crowns, inlays, and onlays can be used to treat decay and dental injuries as well. A crown will over the entire tooth’s structure above the gums while inlays are placed in between the cusps of teeth. An onlay is placed over one cusp of a tooth and extends down the side. Restorations prevent the development of painful infections where a tooth may require extraction.
Our practice is dedicated to providing our community with top-notch oral healthcare in a welcoming and compassionate setting. We use the latest technology to diagnose and treat oral health conditions as early as possible so that our patients enjoy conservative and cost effective treatment.
Call us today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning or checkup.
Meet the Doctor
Craig L. Snyder, DDS has practiced dentistry in the Baltimore area for the past 28 years.
Dr. Snyder graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences, then attended the Georgetown University Dental School. Selected as one of America’s Top Dentists in 2004-2005, Dr. Snyder enhances his expertise with several continuing education courses every year. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).
Such a great place, with an amazing dentist and staff! My filling came off and I was able to have it repaired the same day! Dr. Snyder is really good!
Friendly staff. Dr. Snyder was great, develops a rapport with his patients by getting to know you and explaining in depth everything he does. Made the visit very comfortable and enjoyable.
Dr. Snyder is truly incredible. I have been a patient for over 10, and he and his staff have helped me through the most challenging dental work with kindness and professionalism. It's rare to find such caring professionals who also do truly amazing work. The staff is incredible, and the office is comfortable and modern. Thanks for all you've done to keep me smiling!
I love my dentist. The staff is so personable. They really make you feel comfortable. In addition, the office is always clean with the state of the art technology. If you need a nice dentist that really cares about your teeth come see my dentist.
The primary, and most obvious, reason to visit the dentist regularly is to safeguard your oral health. Regular dental visits give our team an opportunity to diagnose oral conditions and potential dental problems as early as possible. Foregoing routine visits for checkups and cleanings greatly increases your risk for developing aggressive conditions like periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. For optimal oral health, you should visit us twice a year. Routine checkups and cleanings not only aid in early detection, they give us an opportunity to prevent disease with treatments and professional prophylaxis.
If you have a dental emergency, you need to call our practice right away. In urgent matters, receiving quick professional advice and treatment can help save oral structures and improve your comfort. Common examples of oral health emergencies include loose/broken restorations like dental crowns and fillings, toothaches, and broken or knocked out teeth. Not all dental emergencies require same-day treatment but if they do, we will do our best to fit you into our schedule. Always call before coming to our practice so that we can prepare for your visit.
You should brush and floss your teeth every single day. Brushing should be done two to three times a day – preferably after meals and before bedtime. Flossing is done once a day. It is generally believed that flossing is best done before bedtime after one brushes his or her teeth. Be sure to use products approved by the American Dental Association.
You should visit our office for cleanings and checkups twice a year. Your visits should be spaced six months apart so that we can detect potential issues that might affect your health and keep your teeth as clean as possible throughout the year.
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