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Gallagher & Eden Family Dentistry
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Westminster, MD 21157
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By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Visit   Oral Care  

Regular Dental VisitHow often should I visit my dentist? Well, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends twice yearly visits for young children through senior adults. Your Westminster, MD, dentist, Dr. Patrick Gallagher, agrees with that advice with this caution: you may need dental care more often depending on your circumstances. Read on to learn why the professional staff at Gallagher & Eden Family Dentist wish to see you for preventive care and to address important dental needs as they occur.

Preventive care

Of course, it starts at home with twice a day brushing and once a day flossing to remove toxic plaque and tartar which degrade tooth enamel and gum tissue. A healthy diet helps build strong teeth and vibrant gums, too. At your dentist's office, your friendly hygienist will complete your oral hygiene efforts with a thorough tooth scaling to remove the plaque and tartar your floss and brush inevitably miss.

Then, your Westminster dentist does his examination to detect and prevent abnormalities which can affect tooth, gum and bone health, personal appearance, systemic health, and even self-image. At Gallagher & Eden Family Dentist, your professional team:

  • Looks at underlying structures with digital X-ray imaging
  • Inspects for signs of oral cancer (deadly when not caught early, says the Oral Cancer Foundation)
  • Looks for gum disease, loose teeth, and damaged restorations
  • Checks jaw joint function and dental alignment (important not just for children as they develop but for teens and adults, too)
  • Recommends fluoride treatments and plastic sealants to ward off decay
  • Develops a continuing treatment plan which addresses restorative needs and cosmetic smile goals such as whiter teeth

While twice yearly visits may be sufficient for most patients, some need more frequent cleanings or other preventive care to keep their smiles healthy.

Emergency care

When else should you see Dr. Gallagher? Contact the office immediately if you have an urgent dental problem such as:

  • An avulsed or broken tooth
  • Lost filling or crown
  • Toothache
  • Drainage, fever, dental sensitivity, or other symptoms of infection
  • Foreign object caught between teeth
  • Lacerated gums or other oral tissues
  • Tooth displaced to one side

You can count on prompt, caring service when you call Gallagher & Eden Family Dentist with your emergency.

Your best smile

It can be yours with regular care from your family dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Gallagher. To book routine appointments for you and yours, please call the office team at (410) 848-3866.