998 Strawbridge Road Suite B, Northumberland, PA 17857

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300 Main Street Suite 1, Catawissa, PA 17820

(570) 356-7421
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998 Strawbridge Road
Suite B

Northumberland, PA 17857

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300 Main Street
Suite 1
Catawissa, PA 17820

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Dentist in Northumberland & Catawissa, PA

Serving surrounding areas of Sunbury & Danville, PA!

When it comes to tooth decay, time is of the essence. The faster we detect and react to tooth decay, the more effective our treatment will be. In a perfect world dentistry is not a reactive solution, it is a proactive solution. You've no doubt heard it said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dental problems can become exponentially more expensive — and painful — the longer they go unaddressed. Luckily, periodic visits to the dentist can identify problems early and together we can discuss what treatment options are best for your teeth. Our goal is to keep you as healthy as possible and maintain your natural teeth for life.
 

Dental sealants videoCommon Dental Procedures

  • Cleanings. This is where dental health starts. There's just no substitute for physically removing disease-causing dental plaque from your teeth — especially in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line. That's why regular professional cleanings are so important to your health.
  • Dental Sealants. These invisible plastic coatings fill the tiny grooves in back teeth so they do not become havens for bacteria. They prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on.
  • Fluoride. This mineral is readily incorporated into the teeth's mineral structure, thereby making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride can even reverse tiny cavities that are starting to form. If you are not getting enough from your toothpaste and drinking water, it can be applied directly to your teeth at our office during your bi-annual visit.
  • Laser Decay Diagnosis. Laser light can be used to detect early tooth decay quickly and easily, right in our office — before full-dentistry in danville and sunbury, pablown cavities form.
  •  Oral Cancer Screenings. Your best chance of surviving oral cancer — a disease that affects not only lifelong smokers but also young non-smokers — is early detection and treatment. Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of every regular dental exam.
  • Salivary Diagnostics. This is an exciting new development in the field of preventive dentistry. While it is in its infancy, it is already possible to detect the presence of certain diseases with a salvia test, and the technology is developing rapidly.
  • X-Rays. For around a century, dentists have been using x-rays to reveal signs of disease not visible to the naked eye. Now, with CAT scans, they have become three-dimensional and are an indispensable tool to diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, bone density, bone volume and tumors.

Your Role in Preventing Dental Disease

There's one more extremely important component dentistry and that is you. The procedures mentioned above can only be effective if you come to our office to take advantage of them. Likewise, the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home cannot be overstated. Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment.

For more information on a Dentist in the Sunbury or Danville, PA area call R. Bruce Thatcher, DMD. His Northumberland office can be reached at (570) 473-8928 & his Catawissa office can be reached at (570) 356-7421. Call the office nearest you today!

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