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Preventive Dentistry in Ocean City, MD Preserves Healthy Smiles

Three laughing women at the beachAlthough Dr. Edward Dougherty is well-equipped to tackle any restorative or cosmetic concerns patients may face over the course of their lives, our team would prefer to help you avoid dental damage in the first place. That’s where our high-quality preventive care comes in, including comprehensive checkups and cleanings, revitalizing periodontal therapy, and much more. We take pride in providing your valuable smile with the professional and diligent support it needs to stay at its best. Contact Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD today to schedule your first visit.

Happy woman stretching at the beachCheckups & Cleanings

Despite diligent brushing and flossing, some dental problems can develop in ways that aren’t noticeable to the untrained eye. That’s why we strongly recommend that patients of all ages attend at least two professional checkups and cleanings every year with a dental team they know and trust. During these visits, Dr. Dougherty performs a comprehensive evaluation of your current oral health needs and recommends treatment options that can correct any decay, injuries, or other concerns that need attention. Additionally, one of our talented hygienists will remove built up plaque and tartar from your teeth’s surfaces and gum tissue, leaving your smile feeling fully refreshed.

Smiling older couple taking selfie at the beachOral Cancer Screening

Did you know that tens of thousands of patients are diagnosed with oral cancer each year? What’s worse is that many of these cases aren’t identified correctly until they’ve already reached advanced, destructive stages, which makes recovery a difficult and often unsuccessful process. We provide oral cancer screenings as a vital part of every checkup for your safety. By drawing attention to suspicious sores, white/red patches of oral tissue, and other tell-tale symptoms of cancerous cells, we can ensure that patients receive the diagnostic attention they need as early as possible.

Young woman with healthy smilePeriodontal Therapy

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common oral health conditions on the planet, not to mention the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. If our team locates signs of this dangerous infection during your checkup, we may recommend scaling and root planing as a revitalizing solution. This procedure is an in-depth cleaning that removes plaque and harmful bacteria from underneath the gum line and along the tooth roots. We will also carefully smooth the rough surfaces of the roots, which are prime targets for bacterial accumulation.

Couple smiling with healthy teethNightguards for Bruxism

Bruxism (more commonly referred to as “teeth grinding”) is a very common problem among stressed adults in today’s world. What’s worse is that it’s most likely to take place at night, leaving patients confused about why their teeth are damaged and their jaw feels uncomfortable. Dr. Dougherty will screen patients for signs of bruxism, and he may recommend the use of a nightguard to prevent this gradual damage and pain. Once in place within the mouth, your new oral appliance will cushion the jaw and prevent contact between the rows of teeth.

Older man jogging on beachSnoreguards

Another common use of oral appliances is to help treat cases of snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea. Also known as “snoreguards,” these custom-created mouthpieces from Dr. Dougherty can comfortably reposition the jaw and/or tongue so that air is able to flow freely and no blockage occurs throughout the night.

Learn More About Sleep Apnea Treatment

Parents and daughter smiling at beachOral Hygiene Products

While professional dental appointments are very important when it comes to maintaining lifelong oral health, a strong personal oral hygiene routine is also necessary. If you’re in need of a recommendation for a high-quality toothpaste or mouthwash, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Dougherty or a member of our Ocean City team. We highly recommend CloSYS products in particular, which are ideal for overly sensitive mouths.