Everyone wants to enjoy their strong and healthy teeth for many, many years to come, and the best way to do that is by establishing a foundation of quality preventive care as early in life as possible. Our team at Framingham Family Dental Care would love to assist both you and your children in this goal! Not only can Dr. Adelina Duka and Dr. Arvi Duka help you catch dental problems at their earliest stages, but they can also give your smile the protection and support it needs to avoid them in the first place. To get started with a first checkup, please contact our Framingham, MA location.
We strongly recommend that patients of all ages attend at least two regular checkups and cleanings with our team every calendar year. During this process, our team will guide you through a comprehensive examination that includes diagnostic X-rays, an oral cancer screening, evaluation for gum disease and decay, and a careful review of all current restorations like crowns or fillings. By being thorough, we can ensure that any causes for concern are discovered and treated as early as possible! After your examination is complete, one of our talented dental hygienists will perform an in-depth cleaning that removes decay-causing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. They will also polish your enamel to get rid of any small stains, leaving your smile nicely refreshed.
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a serious and constant threat to oral health, and our team will strive to identify it as early as possible during regular appointments. Are your gums regularly bleeding after you brush and floss? Does the oral tissue seem excessively red or swollen? Don’t hesitate to contact us right away, as these are tell-tale symptoms of the infection.
You might not know this, but your back teeth (the premolars and molars) are prime spots for cavities because of the pits and grooves in their chewing surfaces. Children are especially susceptible to this, as they’re still learning how to brush and floss and may not be able to effectively reach these areas of the mouth. As a result, food particles and infectious bacteria are able to get stuck and take root for long, harmful periods of time. Thankfully, dental sealants can provide a valuable boost of protection! Our doctors will apply these thin, safe coatings to the tooth surfaces; after they’re hardened in place, they’ll work like barriers, keeping out unwanted guests and helping your smile stay healthier.
If you or your loved one regularly play sports that include physical contact, it’s important to remember that protecting your smile from potential harm is just as important as wearing a helmet or kneepads. After all, a majority of dental emergencies every year are athletics-related injuries! Our doctors can design a customized mouthguard that is a perfect fit for the patient’s smile, providing excellent coverage, durability, and flexibility throughout every big game.
If you’re experiencing regular jaw pain and/or teeth that look more and more worn-down over time, bruxism could be the culprit. This condition (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is very common among children and adults alike, and a majority of cases only occur while the patient is sleeping and completely unaware of the damage they’re causing. Thankfully, our team is sensitive to the signs, and if we find causes for concern during your next visit, we can provide you with a personalized nightguard for optimal protection as you rest easy.
Oral cancer may not be the most well-known form of cancer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. In fact, one person dies from it every hour on average, with tens of thousands of new cases discovered every year. That’s why our doctors and team members emphasize the importance of regular screenings at every checkup! By reviewing your mouth for concerning symptoms (such as strange sores, crusts, and discolored spots), we hope to be able to raise the alarm as soon as possible for our patients and greatly improve their chances of recovery in the process.
Fluoride is a mineral that communities regularly add to their water supplies. In fact, it’s very likely that the tap water you have in your home contains it as well. But why? Over the years, countless studies have shown that there is a clear positive link between regular exposure to fluoride and stronger, healthier teeth that are less prone to decay. That is why our team not only recommends the use of fluoridated oral health products at home but also offers professional applications for patients in need during regular appointments.
Has your son or daughter slipped down the stairs and cracked a tooth? Has an uncomfortable tooth suddenly progressed to severe, distracting pain? In these emergency situations, contacting Framingham Family Dental Care as soon as possible is an absolute must. Our doctors make time for urgent cases as soon as they possibly can – often even on the same day as your initial call – and we can provide valuable first-aid guidance over the phone as well so that everyone can stay calm until you reach our practice. We’re here to help whenever you need us!
We love seeing whole families here in Framingham – in fact, it’s right there in our practice name. That’s why we offer several services that are well-suited for children and their special, growing smiles, including dental sealants, fluoride treatment, mouthguards, and more. Our team will always treat your loved one gently and kindly throughout each appointment, and we hope to instill in them the importance of ongoing oral health from a very young age so that they can keep smiling confidently well into adulthood!