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Preventive Dentistry in State College, PA

We like to keep things simple here at Donald Marks Family Dentistry and focus most of our attention on preventive care. You might ask why — and it’s because it’s much better for your oral health and appearance to help you avoid dental issues rather than just fix them as they pop up. This approach will ensure that you have a problem-free smile you don’t have to think about when it’s time to show it off! Is it time for your next checkup? If it’s been more than six months, be sure to give us a call today!

Checkups & Cleanings

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When it comes to taking care of your smile, remember two basic things: a consistent brushing and flossing routine at home, and regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. A professional cleaning performed by one of our hygienists will clear away plaque and tartar from those areas of your mouth your brush and floss simply can’t reach, plus it will give your teeth a nice polish so they look beautiful and healthy.

And with a checkup (also known as an oral exam), Dr. Marks will be able to catch any dental problems you might have at their earliest stages. This will allow him to treat them as quickly as possible so nothing has the chance to negatively affect your smile. By getting these exams and cleanings regularly, we’ll be able to stop many dental problems before they even start — and that’s certainly worth smiling about!

Nightguards for Bruxism

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Bruxism is a very common condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth, and for most, it only occurs while they are asleep. Over time, this can cause the teeth to wear down, become more sensitive, and eventually break. Fortunately, we can help patients rest easy with the help of a nightguard. This custom-made mouthpiece comfortably fits over the teeth and places a protective barrier between them so they can’t grind together during the night.

Oral Cancer Screening

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Oral cancer is an often fatal disease that is actually very treatable when caught early, which is exactly why the American Cancer Society recommends that everyone should have at least one oral cancer screening each year. Dr. Marks can perform one as part of your regular checkup, during which he’ll examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, neck, and face for any signs of cancerous or precancerous tissues. If he finds anything that causes concern, he can help you take quick and appropriate action.

Fluoride Treatment

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Fluoride is a mineral that actually strengthens the teeth against decay and cavities, which is why you’ll often see it included in toothpastes as well as public water sources. To give your family’s smiles a little bit of extra protection between appointments, we can provide both adults and children with a professional fluoride treatment at the end of a regular checkup and cleaning. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it will help keep everyone’s smile bright until we can see you again!

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