Redefined Robert Graffeo, DDS
If you’re hoping to keep your smile cavity and gum disease-free for years at a time, daily brushing and flossing is absolutely essential, but so is getting regular checkups and cleanings here at at the dental office of Robert Graffeo, DDS. With these and our other preventive services, Dr. Graffeo can ensure you avoid minor dental problems, plus he’ll be able to fix any that develop before they cause a major headache. Is it time for your next checkup and cleaning? If so, contact us today so we can protect your smile with preventive dentistry in Hoboken, NJ.
Even if you take great care of your teeth at home, everyone has certain trouble spots in their mouth where plaque and tartar accumulates, which can eventually lead to cavities and infections. A professional cleaning from our hygienist is able to target these hard to reach areas and ensure your smile stays healthy year round. Also at these appointments, Dr. Graffeo will give you a thorough oral exam so he can identify any issues during their earliest stages. That way, he can take care of them using fast and conservative treatments.
While preventing cavities and gum disease is a big part of our dental office, your routine exam will also serve to keep you safe from oral cancer. Dr. Graffeo will perform an oral cancer screening during each checkup so he can catch any initial signs of the disease, which can include oral sores, growths, or discolored patches of tissue. If he finds anything, he can quickly refer you to a doctor to get a diagnosis. That way, if needed, you can begin treatment right away, giving you the best possible chance of a full recovery.
Fluoride is all around us! You’ll find it in the water coming out of your tap, the toothpaste in your bathroom, and you’ll also find it here where we use it to quickly and effectively boost our patients’ cavity resistance. Simply by applying a highly-concentrated fluoride gel to the teeth for a minute or so, we can fortify the enamel and make it more resilient to decay, ensuring a patient’s smile remains healthy between appointments.
If your mornings usually involve a sore jaw and headache, then you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep, which is a condition called bruxism. This can slowly wear down the teeth (as well as any dental restorations) over time to the point that they actually crack and break! Fortunately, Dr. Graffeo can offer a simple solution in the form of a nightguard. This custom-made oral appliance is only worn to bed, and it fits comfortably over the teeth to keep them separated during the night, precluding any grinding.