Quality Preventive & Family Care in East Amherst, NY
Being able to bring the whole family to one, dedicated dental practice can make a world of difference for busy parents, saving precious time in hectic schedules. Dr. Shannon McCarthy loves treating adults and kids alike here in East Amherst, NY, and our team will be sure to get to know you well too. You’ll even meet our office dog Luc! At these early visits, our goal will be to provide quality preventive care that helps us understand and protect your valuable smiles, starting with comprehensive checkups and refreshing cleanings. Our practice serves Clarence Center, NY and surrounding areas – contact us today to schedule a first visit!
Checkups & Cleanings
The whole family should make plans to visit our practice at least every six months for a regular dental checkup and cleaning. These visits are important because they allow Dr. McCarthy and our other team members to become very familiar with their patients’ unique smiles, discovering areas of concern right away and treating them when they’re still small and manageable.
During your routine appointment, we’ll capture digital X-rays, make personalized treatment recommendations as needed, and offer helpful tips for preventing dental decay in the long-run through brushing and flossing. A professional cleaning with one of our friendly hygienists will get rid of tricky plaque and tartar as well and leave your smile nicely polished.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer often goes undetected in patients until it’s already advanced to destructive stages, which is why the recovery rate is slimmer than you might expect. Thankfully, oral cancer screenings can provide valuable help in catching and diagnosing cancerous cells early on in their development! During your regular appointments, Dr. McCarthy will scan the oral tissues for suspicious sores, red and white spots, lumps, crusted skin, and other tell-tale signs. If we find anything alarming, a biopsy can help confirm the presence of dangerous cells and whether any further action is needed.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s added to most community water supplies, which is good news. The presence of fluoride in your drinking water has been shown in studies to lead to stronger teeth and fewer instances of cavities. During regular appointments, our team members will determine whether or not you and your family are receiving enough fluoride to have a positive effect, and we may recommend professional applications for younger patients whose developing smiles are in need of a healthy boost.
Here in East Amherst, we love caring for children just as much as adults! Dr. McCarthy recommends that you start bringing your son or daughter in for regular appointments when they’re around three years old, and we’ll make dental care fun, relaxed, and comfortable for them with gentle checkups, refreshing cleanings, fluoride treatment, and other kid-friendly services. By instilling good oral hygiene habits early on, we hope to keep our young patients smiling confidently for many years to come.