PREVENTION

Preventive measures can do wonders for the health and beauty of your smile. As your general dentist, Dr. Bouvier will help you maintain optimal oral health and watch for signs of potential problems. During regular checkups, dental exams with Dr. Bouvier and re-care appointments (dental cleanings), our staff uses the latest technology to detect risk factors and protect your teeth and gums from threats like cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease and cancer.

While monitoring your oral health, Dr. Bouvier and her team are able to develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on your individual needs that will help protect and maintain the health and beauty of your smile.


Exam | Cleanings

GeneralDentistrySomesworthDoverNHWe encourage the establishment of a regular program of dental cleanings. We believe that preserving proper oral health can allow you to maintain your teeth for a life time.

With careful attention to your comfort, your teeth are professionally cleaned by one of our skilled hygienists, and given a comprehensive exam by one of our doctors. State-of-the-art digital X-rays may be taken when necessary.

During your hygiene appointment with Dr. Bouvier, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and calculus deposits from your teeth. In addition to removing harmful bacteria, Dr. Bouvier and her team will also:

  • Ask how YOU are feeling about your dental health
  • Ask if we can ASSIST YOU with your concerns or questions
  • Discuss with YOU any of your cosmetic or tooth whitening concerns and discuss options for treatment
  • Screen for oral cancer and other diseases
  • Thoroughly examine for signs of periodontal disease by evaluating supporting bone structure 
  • Check for cavities, fractured or discolored teeth
  • Assess the integrity existing dental restorations
  • Recommend fluoride for individuals who would benefit from its application (Please refer to Fluoride varnish) on this site

 

We will regularly examine your gums during your routine checkups in order to detect periodontal disease as soon as possible. Dr. Bouvier may recommend x-rays to identify any problems that may exist so they are able to develop the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

Periodontal disease should be treated on an individualized basis, considering each person’s specific risk factors, including current health status, medications, lifestyle, and past medical history. Periodontal disease, being bacterial, is best treated with meticulous plaque control and professional removal of these harmful microorganisms. Here at the office of Dr. Bouvier we will strive to educate YOU about YOUR risk of periodontal disease.


FluorideVarnishFluoride Varnish

Through fluoride treatments, Dr. Bouvier helps strengthen the teeth by applying a topical fluoride mineral that bonds to weakened areas of tooth enamel and which disrupts acid production and reduces tooth decay. Using a Fluoride Varnish process Dr. Bouvier is able to brush, or “paint” fluoride directly on your teeth. Through this process she is able to eliminate the messy gels, trays and foams typically associated with this treatment.

Fluoride can benefit people of all ages.  Children who get adequate fluoride while their teeth are still forming will develop permanent teeth that are stronger and more decay-resistant over a lifetime.  Adults who are particularly susceptible to tooth decay also benefit from fluoride applications.

While fluoride can help reverse early tooth decay and prevent cavities, it cannot heal cavities that have already formed.  Therefore, it is a great and cost-effective strategy for maintaining dental health and preventing more expensive problems later on.

Who will benefit most from fluoride treatment?

  • Children whose permanent teeth have not yet developed.  Early exposure to fluoride during childhood fortifies the permanent teeth before they even emerge, leading to teeth that are stronger and more decay-resistant for a lifetime.
  • Individuals with dry mouth.   Saliva helps neutralize acid and protect the teeth.  Therefore, those with conditions that cause dry mouth (including diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome and conditions that require radiation therapy) or who take certain medications (such as drugs for allergies, depression and high blood pressure) can also benefit from fluoride treatment.
  • Those with a history of cavities.   These individuals may be more susceptible to future decay.
  • Those with poor dental hygiene. Illnesses or conditions that limit one’s ability to brush or floss regularly can lead to the buildup of plaque and tarter, causing tooth decay.
  • Individuals who have crowns or bridges.   Their teeth are particularly susceptible to decay at the point where the restoration meets the tooth.
  • Individuals with braces.   Braces can trap food, making it harder to floss and brush adequately.
  • Frequent snackers and those with a high-sugar diet.  Increased exposure to plaque and bacteria puts the enamel at greater risk.
  • Bottled-water drinkers and others who don’t get enough fluoride.

At the office of Dr. Bouvier, we use the latest technology and finest materials to offer fluoride treatments that are quick, comfortable and effective.  We provide instructions for the care of your teeth after treatment.  While fluoride can help reverse early tooth decay and prevent cavities, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visits are necessary to aid in the life of your teeth.


sealantSealants

The deep grooves of teeth can become an ideal environment for bacterial growth, which can gradually lead to decay. Even if you are vigilant with your dental hygiene habits, bacteria can hide in the recesses where your tooth brush is unable to adequately reach. Dental sealants have become a popular way of blocking tooth pits and grooves to prevent bacterial decay. If you are concerned about the possibility of decay or if you have already developed some small cavities, applying dental sealants may be an ideal solution.

How Dental Sealants Work

Sealants are thin liquid coatings that can be applied to the top of a tooth to seal off deep grooved areas. They help to prevent bacteria or other debris from becoming trapped in pitted areas that cannot be easily cleaned. This type of dental procedure has become increasingly popular and has been shown to be a safe and effective way of stopping tooth decay before it begins. Children are ideal candidates for sealants, because the protective layer can be applied before bacterial decay begins.


Excellent experience and overall care. The staff is knowledgeable and Dr. Bouvier is the best. When a problem arises I am able to get seen quickly and any issues are quickly resolved. This is a practice that truly cares about its patients.