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What is Preventative Dentistry?

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When you think about going to the dentist, getting specific treatments often comes to mind, like cavity fillings or a cosmetic procedure. While getting specific treatments is common, and it's often needed, one of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is actually for preventative dental care. We all know that we need to brush and floss at home, but your dentist checkups are just as important for your health as your routine while you're at home. 

Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dental care is the process of examining and cleaning your teeth on a regular basis, completed by a dentist. Many people are great about flossing and brushing everyday, and you ...

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3 Ways We Help You Stay Comfortable During Your Appointment

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For many patients, their number one concern about going to the dentist’s office is the fear that their treatment will hurt.

We recognize this common concern, and we have taken a number of steps to make sure that you are comfortable throughout your visit.

We’d like to tell you a bit more about the steps we take to ensure that every visit to our Wilmington dentist’s office is comfortable for you.

1. We use digital imaging and intraoral cameras to identify problems as soon as possible.

Not only do these images help you avoid painful dental problems, they are also more comfortable than their older counterparts. The sensors used for digital x-rays are small ...

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Signs of Tooth Decay

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The main cause of tooth decay, also called cavities or dental caries, is specific types of bacteria. These acid-producing bacteria destroy the tooth enamel as well as the layer beneath it. Bacteria build up on teeth and this sticky film is referred to as plaque. Tooth decay is a very common issue that almost everyone has to deal with at some point. How does your Wilmington dentist know if you have tooth decay?

Symptoms and Signs That You Might Have Tooth Decay

Although cavities in their earliest stages may not have any symptoms, once the decay has gone through the tooth’s enamel, you might notice some sensitivity in the tooth, ...

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What Are You Looking for in My X-Rays?

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As we provide dental care for you and your family, we will take regular sets of x-rays. This is done for a very specific reason.

Simply put, x-rays are one of the best diagnostic tools available to dentists. While we can find a lot of problems with a visual examination, x-rays allow us to identify issues that are developing within the teeth and below the gums, long before they reach the surface.

One of our goals is to keep our patients from experiencing dental pain. If you’ve ever had a toothache before, you know how painful it can be and how it can interfere with your life. With regular cleanings, examinations, and ...

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Tools and Materials We Use for Dental Cleanings

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health. If you are looking for a Wilmington dentist who uses the latest tools and technology to keep you teeth looking clean and feeling great, you have come to the right place! 

Our hygiene department wants every dental cleaning to meet your health needs and to feel completely comfortable so that maintaining your preventive dentistry is easy.

Some of the tools we use to remove the biofilm, plaque, tartar and bacteria from your teeth and gum line include:

Dental hygiene instruments – We use precision instruments to gently remove tartar from your teeth. Once plaque hardens into tartar, you cannot remove it with a ...

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Anxiety-Free Dental Visits

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Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, especially for more invasive procedures and treatments. Some even experience anxiety at the thought of having someone poke around in their mouth, but at Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS we strive to make our dental office comfortable and inviting so patients feel at ease during their dental appointments.

Anxiety-free Dental Visits

  • We earn your trust – Whether you have had a painful experience at another dental office or just dread going to the dentist, we will do our best to earn your trust. No matter how many questions you have, we will make sure they are all answered before any procedure or treatment so you ...

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What Are Intra-Oral Cameras?

Sometimes when a dentist is trying to explain procedures and diagnosis, it can seem like another language to their patients. Without a visual walk through it can be difficult to understand what your dentist is trying to describe. With intra-oral cameras we can show you on a screen exactly what we are talking about so you can see the condition of your teeth the way we do. At Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS we use the intra-oral camera to better inform our patients so they feel comfortable with their dental care.

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The intra-oral camera is a small digital camera that looks like ...

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