Our Preventive Care
Dr. Gary Goodman and Dr. Jeremy Goodman are proud to offer a comprehensive list of services that can effectively treat everything from a minor cavity to a significant amount of missing teeth here in Annapolis, MD – but wouldn’t you prefer it if we could help you avoid these issues in the first place?
Prevention is the foundation of excellent, lifelong oral health, and we’d be proud to serve as your trusted partners as you work towards achieving and maintaining this goal. Our long-term staff is passionate and caring, and our father-and-son team of doctors has plenty of exceptional skill to offer you. Please contact Goodman Dental Care today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment.
Your First Visit
Are you preparing to visit our Annapolis dental office for the first time? Here's what you can expect from your first visit with us.
When you arrive for your appointment, one of our friendly team members will greet you and assist you with checking in. We’ll also give you a tour of our office and introduce you to everyone in our office. When it's time for your appointment, a dental assistant will lead you back to one of our treatment areas, where we will review your medical and dental history. One of our doctors will then do a comprehensive exam which will include any necessary digital x-rays.
After your comprehensive exam, we will discuss the findings and together develop a treatment plan with the goal of restoring you to optimum oral health. Any necessary appointments with one of our dental hygienists, or doctors will then be arranged.
If you have any questions about what we recommend, we'll be happy to answer them. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with the treatment plan we create for you.
Check-ups & Cleanings
While you may brush and floss every day, your hygiene routine may not be effective enough to combat plaque and potentially dangerous bacteria. If left unchecked, both can seriously damage your smile. This damage can begin subtly, to the point where it's invisible to the untrained eye. Over time, though, it can worsen, putting both your oral and overall health in danger.
This is why our Annapolis dental team strongly believes that routine checkups are vital for every patient. With routine care, we can help you maintain your good oral health for years to come.
At every routine checkup at our Annapolis office, a hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning using today's most advanced dental tools. Then Dr. Gary Goodman or Dr. Jeremy Goodman will complete a comprehensive visual exam and discuss the results of your visit with you. If you need additional care, we would be happy to discuss all your treatment options with you. Our father-and-son team has the expertise to help you resolve your serious dental issues so you can leave our office feeling more confident about your smile.
We recommend visiting Goodman Dental Care every six months for routine care and maintenance. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment! We’re delighted to offer routine checkups and cleanings to patients from Severna Park, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Crownsville, Arnold, and beyond.
Our team’s top priority for your check-up is to fully understand what your unique dental needs are and how to best treat them. We accomplish this by starting with a thorough visual examination that includes the surfaces of each tooth, your gum tissue, your bite, any existing restorations, and more. Our team members will capture digital X-rays as well so that we can more easily view inaccessible areas. Once we’ve created this complete picture of your smile, one of our doctors will review our findings with you and make recommendations for treatment.
One of the most constant threats to your oral health and happiness is plaque, a sticky substance filled with bacteria that forms over your teeth every day. Regular brushing and flossing is typically enough to get rid of plaque, but missed areas can lead to the development of tartar, a hard, potentially damaging deposit that has to be removed by a professional. At Goodman Dental Care, our hygienists can provide the skilled helping hand you need most, thoroughly cleaning your teeth and gums and leaving your whole mouth feeling refreshed.
The foods we eat all contribute to the accumulation of harmful bacteria in the mouth. If these bacteria aren’t removed through a combination of brushing and flossing, plus routine checkups, small areas of decay—known as cavities—can form on the patient's teeth.
Because they're just learning to brush, young patients are especially susceptible to cavities, but adults are vulnerable as well. That's why Goodman Dental Care is pleased to offer a preventive service that can give patients advanced protection from harmful bacteria.
This service, known as sealants, puts a special protective layer of plastic between bacteria and the chewing surfaces of teeth. As a result, patients can look forward to a dramatically reduced risk of decay and cavities.
Sealants only take a few minutes to apply but can provide advanced protection for up to 10 years.
Nightguards are often very helpful when combating the symptoms of bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), helping to protect teeth from damage. Our team can provide one for patients in need here in Annapolis.
Do you or your child regularly participate in an athletic event? Is contact with other people or a hard surface possible when participating? Our team strongly recommends wearing a customized sportsguard that will protect your smile.
Oral Cancer Screenings
On average, one person dies from oral cancer every hour. This destructive disease often isn’t diagnosed until its advanced stages, making treatment difficult and usually unsuccessful. With routine screenings here at Goodman Dental Care, our team can carefully inspect soft tissue in the mouth and identify suspicious, possibly cancerous areas as soon as possible for your safety.
X-rays are crucial when it comes to planning dental care and fully understanding a patient’s treatment needs. However, the traditional method for capturing them came with several pitfalls – the images took time to develop in a darkroom, they relied on the use of hazardous chemicals, and they forced patients to be exposed to a significant dose of radiation. Thankfully, digital technology has transformed this process, making it simpler and safer than ever before. Here in Annapolis, our team can take detailed images of your smile and transfer them to our computer in a matter of seconds – no development, chemicals, or tedious waiting required. Best of all, the amount of radiation involved is reduced by up to 90%.