If you need a regular checkup, a routine cleaning, periodontal therapy, or bite assessments, then our general family dentistry services are for you! At St. Mary’s Dental, we offer a complete and thorough oral examination. We screen for oral cancer, too. We also check to see if you have issues with bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, and other temporomandibular (TMJ) issues. Dr. McCray is happy to discuss your smile goals, and suggest treatment plans to make sure you keep and maintain your dental health.
Keeping Up with Daily Oral Hygiene
At St. Mary’s Dental, we recommend that our patients keep a daily oral hygiene routine to protect against cavities, gum disease, and other health issues that can be caused by oral bacteria.
- Brush in the mornings and right before bed.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Follow up brushing with a good oral rinse.
- Use fluoridated products.
Our general family dentistry services also include special cavity protections for children. We can use either dental sealants or fluoride supplements, or both, to strengthen your child’s enamel for additional safeguards against decay. Dental sealants are thin plastic layers painted onto the back molars. This plastic material fills in the peaks and valleys of the molars, keeping out harmful debris and bacteria. Fluoride supplements are applied as a topical varnish, usually during your child’s general family dentistry appointment.
St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, MD, delivers quality general dentistry services. With an emphasis on whole-mouth health and well-being for the whole family, Doctors Gina McCray and Kara McCray combine their expertise with compassionate dental care for patients of all ages.
A great and long-lasting smile begins with preventive dental care at the St. Mary’s Dental, serving the Mechanicsville, MD area. Gina McCray, DDS, and Kara McCray, DDS, consider the oral health of children, teens, adults and senior adults their highest priority. Their extensive dental training and experience, coupled with a passion for individualized care, help families have and maintain the oral health they deserve throughout their lives.
Preventive Dental Care Begins at Home
Your Mechanicsville dentists teach their patients that healthy teeth and gums need diligent home hygiene. This includes twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing and rinsing with a quality mouthwash.
Beyond care at home, patients should visit their Mechanicsville family dentist twice yearly for a thorough oral exam, digital x-rays (as required) and hygienic cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tartar. Dentists, Dr. Gina McCray and Dr. Kara McCray perform their examinations in a gentle manner, looking for:
- Signs of decay and gum disease
- Problems with how teeth bite together
- Condition of restorations such as fillings and crowns
- Wear from teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Temporomandibular Joint issues
- Signs of oral cancer with the quick and painless Velscope screening tool
With this information, your Mechanicsville general dentist will develop a treatment plan aimed at improving oral health. Also, she will answer every question and concern and discuss any aesthetic goals for a better-looking smile.
Dental Care for Every Smile
St. Mary’s Dental offers numerous dental services, from the most basic of sealants to keep children’s molars cavity-free to clear braces for straight teeth to porcelain crowns and amazing dental implants for a smile that’s solid and lasts. The doctors also screen for obstructive sleep apnea issues and can prescribe nasal masks, bite guards or other oral appliances as helpful interventions for this disruptive health condition.
To help patients look their best, St. Mary’s Dental delivers outstanding cosmetic dentistry choices, affecting the smallest of changes to more comprehensive smile makeovers. Options include:
- Porcelain veneers to smooth and fill gapped, irregular or chipped teeth
- At-home and in-office teeth whitening that’s safe and gives superior results
- Cosmetic composite resin bonding, an affordable and quick way to sculpt away tooth imperfections
- Onlays and inlays (partial crowns) and tooth-colored fillings to eliminate decay and preserve tooth structure
- Natural-looking fixed bridgework and dentures
For their patients’ comfort and complete well-being, your Mechanicsville dentists can perform procedures with the benefit of sedation. Carefully administered and monitored to lessen anxiety and accomplish multiple procedures more easily, oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide take the fear out of dental work.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
St. Mary’s Dental serves the general, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry needs for the communities of Mechanicsville, LaPlata, Hollywood, Charlotte Hall, Waldorf, Leonardtown, and Lexington Park. To receive excellence in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry, please make your appointment now!