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Preventive Dentistry – Cortlandt, NY

Enjoy A Strong, Healthy Smile For Life

Three generations of family smiling togetherAs the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why Dr. Taxin and his dental team work so hard to help patients maintain excellent oral health throughout the years with dedicated preventive dentistry. These services help us pinpoint common dental concerns and sources of damage in their earliest stages, keeping any necessary treatment as minimal as possible. Not only does your natural dental structure benefit from this approach, but your overall wellbeing and quality of life will too! Please contact us today if you are interested in scheduling an appointment here in Cortlandt.

Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Woman receiving dental checkup

While brushing and flossing at home are very important, patients also need to visit a trusted dentist at regular intervals for professional checkups and cleanings. These visits give Dr. Taxin the opportunity to better understand your oral health and any concerns you’re currently experiencing. Additionally, decay-causing plaque and bacteria can be thoroughly removed from the dental surfaces during an in-depth hygiene session.

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Pediatric Dentistry

child practicing tooth brushing

Dr. Taxin is happy to make ongoing dental care more comfortable and convenient for the entire family by seeing all ages, including children. Understanding the importance of healthy smiles from a young age can make all the difference in your son or daughter’s later years, and our team looks forward to instilling good habits through our gentle approach to pediatric care. Dental sealants, fluoride treatment, tooth-colored fillings, and other kid-friendly services are available as needed to give their growing smile plenty of support.

Dental Sealants

Closeup of teeth with dental sealants

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are designed to cover the chewing surfaces of certain teeth – particularly the premolars and molars, which contain pits and grooves that are likely to trap food particles over time. The sealant serves as a protective barrier that helps prevent the dangerous build-up of plaque and the development of cavities. Dr. Taxin regularly recommends this service for young children who are still learning good oral hygiene techniques, but adults who suffer from oversensitivity to tooth decay may benefit as well.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Clear nightguard on metal tray

Over 30 million people in the United States struggle with habitual teeth grinding (also known as bruxism). This “bad habit” doesn’t distinguish between adults and children, and many patients don’t even realize they’re experiencing it because they only clench and grind while sleeping. In order to protect your smile against damage and prevent jaw pain, a customized nightguard is the right choice. Dr. Taxin will be sure to screen patients for tell-tale symptoms of bruxism during regular checkups and create the ideal oral appliance for their particular mouth that will help prevent contact between the rows of teeth.

Mouthguards / Sportsguards

Teen boy placing athletic mouthguard

If you or a family member regularly participates in sports that involve physical contact, protection for your smile is just as important as wearing a helmet or kneepads. Our team will be happy to design a custom-made mouthguard that’s head and shoulders above any “one-size-fits-all” model, providing optimal comfort, flexibility, and durability so that the patient can keep their mind focused on the big game.

Oral Cancer Screening

Smiling woman in dental chair

Here is a sobering statistic – tens of thousands of new oral cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and only slightly more than half of those patients will still be alive in five more years. Early detection is truly essential, which is why Dr. Taxin performs thorough oral cancer screenings during regular checkups. He will assess the oral tissue for signs of discoloration, suspicious bleeding, or other abnormalities that may indicate cancerous cells, recommending a biopsy as needed.

Fluoride Treatment

Child receiving fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found all around us – in many of the foods we eat, the oral hygiene products we buy, and even the water that comes out of our sinks at home. Its presence can have significant positive benefits for ongoing oral health, strengthening tooth enamel against the threat of decay and reducing their risk for cavities. Here in Cortlandt, our team offers professional fluoride applications during regular checkups and cleanings for a lasting protective boost.