Preventive Dentistry – Montpelier, VT

How We Keep Dental Patients Cavity-Free

At River Station Family Dentistry, we care about the status of your smile. While we are equipped to treat cavities and gum disease at all stages, we’d rather minimize your risk from the start, which is why we emphasize preventive dentistry with our Montpelier, VT family dentist. By offering solutions that are designed to lower your chances of developing common yet serious oral health issues, we aim to help dental patients of all ages achieve healthier smiles for a lifetime. Call us today to schedule an appointment for you and your loved ones.

Why Choose River Station Family Dentistry for Preventive Dentistry?

  • Dental Patients of All Ages Welcome
  • Intraoral Cameras Allow for Greater Treatment Planning
  • Treating Montpelier Families for More Than 30 Years

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Woman smiling during dental checkup and teeth cleaning visit

Every six months, you should plan to come in for a general dental checkup and cleaning. This will involve meeting with our team and undergoing a full examination that includes checking for signs of tooth decay, damage, gum disease, and oral cancer. We’ll also remove any built-up plaque and tartar around your teeth and gums before discussing a potential treatment plan. Not only will we respect your time by keeping appointments moving smoothly, but we’ll also make sure to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide helpful tips for better at-home oral health.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatment gel

Children and adults alike can benefit from fluoride treatments. Although found in city drinking water, fruits, vegetables, and other sources, patients who are considered high-risk for cavities often require additional help. By applying this quick and easy solution to the surfaces of your teeth, we can reduce your risk for tooth decay while also helping you to enjoy a stronger smile because of the fluoride’s ability to strengthen the outermost layers of your teeth.

Dental Sealants

Animated smile with dental sealants in place

The chewing surfaces of teeth have many pits and grooves, making it difficult to keep them clean, especially for younger patients. This is why we offer dental sealants. These clear, plastic coatings are quickly applied during a regular checkup and help to create a barrier against any harmful particles that might penetrate the tooth enamel. Instead of letting bacteria reaching the tiny crevices of these teeth, dental sealants can eliminate the problem by safeguarding molars and premolars for longer-lasting, healthier smiles.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Dental patient receiving an oral cancer screening

More than 50,000 people are likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Unfortunately, many of these diagnoses come too late. Because oral cancer knows no age, it is essential that our team perform oral cancer screenings during six-month checkups. These painless evaluations allow us to check for abnormalities, lesions, and any other potential symptoms commonly associated with oral cancer. While the possibility of finding a problem is unlikely, we will put you in contact with a specialist in the area should we find anything causing concern.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Hand holding a nightguard for bruxism

Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can do more than cause painful headaches and a sore jaw. It can also wear down tooth enamel and cause potential gum recession and/or tooth sensitivity. It can also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. But with a customized nightguard created by our team, you can rest easier and wake without the soreness and discomfort caused by teeth grinding. Instead, the device will prevent the upper and lower arches of your teeth from touching while you sleep.

Gum Disease Treatment

Animated smile during gum disease treatment

Gum disease affects millions of people in the United States, many of whom without even knowing they have it. However, when soft oral tissues appear red, swollen, or bleeding, there is a good chance it is the early stages of gum disease – gingivitis. With regular checkups and cleanings as well as good oral habits at home, the symptoms can be reversed. However, if problems continue, the risk for bone and tooth loss increases, and we must implement periodontal (gum) therapy. By targeting the infected tissue, we can protect your gum tissue and even more so, your smile.

Children’s Dentistry

Child receiving children's dentistry treatment

Young smiles need excellent oral healthcare. Fortunately, at River Station Family Dentistry, our team is skilled and equipped to treat children of all ages. Providing kid-friendly services and amenities, we can deliver safe and effective solutions to not only ensure the growth and development of their smiles but also minimize the risk of cavities as they navigate the early years of life. We’ll also share helpful tips they can use at home to maintain greater oral health in the long run.