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General Dentistry

Brushing and flossing are important, but professional cleanings and regular check-ups from your dentist or hygienist at North Hills Family Dental give you the best chance of preserving your smile long-term. Be sure to come in every 6 months, and we’ll be sure you get the best possible treatment.

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Family Dentistry

We offer a welcoming space to patients of all ages as well as comprehensive services for every member of your family. Our mission is to help you and your loved ones maintain shining smiles that last, and it all starts with your bi-annual visits.

Regular appointments give us a clear idea of the state of your oral health and help us keep track of potential issues – like cavities, crowded teeth, and even oral cancer. You can expect a professional cleaning and examination of your teeth and gums. And all you have to do is sit back and let our team get to work. We’ll even throw in a new toothbrush!

The Importance

Of Routine Dental Visits

Along with proper at-home oral hygiene, seeing a dentist in Pittsburgh like Dr. Lawrence Mauro for regular dental exams and cleanings every six months are of the most important parts of maintaining your dental health.

Routine dental visits help identify tooth decay and cavities early to seek the appropriate treatment before they worsen. You can also get treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent cavity formation.

Seeing Dr. Mauro every six months also helps prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Mauro will clean plaque and tartar away from your teeth and gums, which eliminates the bacteria that cause gum disease, keeping your mouth clean and healthy. 

Preventing gum disease and cavities helps you avoid serious oral health issues, and it also saves you time and money by eliminating the need for treatments like fillings, crowns, and periodontal care.

Routine dental visits also help us spot other oral health issues, such as teeth grinding (bruxism), and potential signs of oral cancer. This helps ensure that you’re always getting the dental care that you need. 

Finally, your routine dental cleaning helps keep your smile bright and beautiful. We can remove plaque buildup and surface stains from your teeth, buff and polish them, and ensure that your teeth remain shiny and white. For all of these reasons and many more, it is important to remember to see a dentist like Dr. Mauro in North Hills and Pittsburgh every six months for a cleaning and oral exam.

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Treatment plans

Aside from providing basic cleanings, Dr. Mauro may recommend other treatments during your 6-month check-up. Conditions like chronic bad breath (halitosis), TMJ, and changes in alignment are all easily treatable if we catch them early. We understand that your smile is important, so we’ll always work hard to find the right treatment for your individual needs.

What to Expect at

Your Routine Cleaning and Exam

Your treatment at North Hills Family Dental will begin with a comprehensive cleaning from one of our dental hygienists. First, they will perform a quick oral exam to make sure you do not have any serious oral health issues that may interfere with your cleaning. If everything looks good, they begin cleaning your teeth.

To begin, each of your teeth will be scaled to remove bacteria, plaque, tartar and food debris. During this time, your hygienist may probe your teeth with a special dental tool to check for cavities and “soft spots” in your enamel.

Next, your hygienist will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining debris from your teeth. Once this is done, they will clean, buff and polish your teeth using a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered brush. This will remove any remaining plaque and tartar, and leave you with a clean, beautiful smile. 

After your cleaning, Dr. Mauro will come in for a quick visit. He will discuss your oral health with your hygienist briefly. Then, he will conduct a comprehensive oral exam, and make sure your mouth looks healthy. At this point, x-rays may be recommended if Dr. Mauro believes they are necessary.

Once your exam is finished, Dr. Mauro will discuss your oral health with you and note any potential issues that he may have noticed, such as “soft spots” that could lead to cavities or signs of gingivitis. He will recommend further treatments, if necessary, and give you advice on at-home dental care, completing your appointment. The entire process typically takes less than an hour. 

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There’s no inquiry too small when it comes to your oral health. If you have questions about Dr. Mauro, our practice, or any general dentistry treatment you’re considering, don’t hesitate to contact us today. The team at North Hills Family Dental is always ready to help. Give us a call!

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