Preventing Dental Problems 

The best way to prevent problems with your teeth and gums is with routine dental care.   Brushing and flossing play a significant role in this dental health maintenance, as does visiting your dentist on a regular basis.

The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months for a thorough check-up.  This will keep your teeth and gums healthy and ensure you maintain your beautiful smile.

By visiting your dentist on a regular basis you can:

  • Prevent gum disease and cavities
  • Save money on dental care by stopping problems at their earliest stage
  • Shorten the amount of time you spend in the dentist’s chair
  • Avoid extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth their whitest with professional cleanings
  • Keep you smile looking its best
  • Have strong and beautiful teeth that last a lifetime

The Dental Exam

When you go in for your checkup, your dentist will do a thorough visual inspection of your teeth and gums, looking for any beginning signs of tooth decay or gum disease.  Usually, every other visit your dentist will want x-rays taken in order to see what’s happening beneath the surface of your teeth.  These images help to discover any insipient problems not visible to the naked eye.

If any problems are encountered during the exam, they can be taken care of immediately, thereby preventing any larger difficulties.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

After your dentist has completed the exam, you will be turned over to the dental hygienist.  This dental specialist is highly trained in many facets of dental care, including teeth cleaning and assisting patients in understanding how to perform the best routine at-home maintenance.

During your visit to the office, the hygienist will swiftly and carefully clean your teeth using a variety of instruments.  He or she will remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth, below the gum line.  Then the hygienist will floss, polish, and apply fluoride.

Teeth cleanings usually aren’t painful, but communicate with your hygienist about any pain or discomfort you feel (or are afraid you might feel).  They’re used to this and will do their best to keep you comfortable.

After the cleaning, you will receive instructions or recommendations regarding your brushing and flossing routine.

Then, you can head home, happy in the knowledge that you’ve taken care of an important part of your overall health and well-being.

Contact our dental office and make an appointment.  We are here to help: (802) 878-5591

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
“I enjoy being able to take care of people on a daily basis, whether it is getting them out of pain, improving their smile, or simply keeping them in excellent dental health.”

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Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
“My profession means everything to me. It is what drives me every day and, other than my family, it is what I enjoy the most.”

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Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
“Some children dream to grow up and become astronauts or cowboys, but I’ve always wanted to be a dentist. Now my profession is my passion and my life.”

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Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
“My job is to give patients as many options as possible, explain the differences, and help them make decisions that fit their lives.”

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The professionals at Essex Family Dental are among the most skilled dental care teams in Vermont. Dr. J. Allen Feeley, Dr. Nathan Makay, Dr. Michael Gibilisco, & Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins apply their expertise and consult with one another for the benefit of the people they treat.


Your ease at our practice is very important to us, whether that means a comfortable waiting room, painless treatment, or feeling informed about your care. Our doctors are happy to educate you about your treatment options and our staff is always gentle.                


Essex Family Dental keeps the most convenient hours, offering appointments until 7pm Monday-Thursday, including morning and afternoon appointments on Friday and Saturday. We also schedule same-day treatment for patients with emergency needs.