and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
At Baltimore Dental Arts, we’re dedicated to keeping our patients’ smiles healthy throughout their entire lives. That’s why we focus on providing thorough preventive dental treatments like routine checkups and cleanings, fluoride treatments, and oral cancer screenings. With regular visits for preventive dentistry in our Baltimore, MD dental office, we aim to keep your smile cavity and gum disease-free so you can continue enjoying your natural, healthy teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends getting a checkup and cleaning from your dentist every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During these appointments, our team will conduct a thorough visual and tactile examination of your mouth in search of any early signs of developing problems, like dental decay. If we spot anything, we’ll develop a treatment plan to take care of it before it has an opportunity to get worse. Before you leave, we’ll thoroughly clear all plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, polish them, and floss between each of them to remove any lingering debris.
Many patients aren’t aware that we also conduct oral cancer screenings at each of your checkups and cleanings. That’s because these only last about five minutes. We’ll thoroughly inspect your lips, throat, and oral tissues for any signs or the disease, such as red and white patches in the mouth. If we spot anything out-of-the-ordinary, we’ll refer you for a biopsy and additional testing. Our goal in providing you with routine screenings is to spot the issue before it has a chance to progress, increasing the chances of successful treatment.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is produced by rocks and found in fresh vegetables and water. It’s also added to oral hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash as well. That’s because it can help strengthen your enamel to prevent dental decay. If you’re not receiving enough of this important mineral, we may suggest a fluoride treatment. It’s fast, simple, and is a great way to protect your pearly whites from the threat of cavities.
Do you wake up with sore jaw joints or a pounding headache? These could be signs that you have a condition called bruxism, which is when you grind and clench your teeth as you sleep. When left unaddressed, bruxism can result in broken, chipped, and worn-down teeth that may put you at a higher risk of developing other oral health problems, like tooth infections. We craft custom-fitted nightguards that help shield and protect your teeth from nightly grinding to keep your smile healthy and undamaged.