The first step on the path towards lifelong oral health is learning how to prevent issues. Our dental office protocol is to begin your checkup for preventive dentistry in Leesburg, VA with at least an hour-long appointment. Your dentist will do a comprehensive exam of your teeth, bite, and gums as well as screen for the presence of oral cancer, which can be treated most effectively if it’s caught in its earliest stages. Additionally, you will receive an in-depth cleaning from one of our highly skilled and gentle hygienists. Your appointment will include oral hygiene instruction and any necessary discussion about eating or drinking habits that are adversely affecting your oral health.
Our team here at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg recommends visiting our dental office twice every year for a comprehensive checkup and dental cleaning. Why? This appointment allows our highly trained experts to identify and treat any signs of oral trouble before you suffer extensive damage to your smile. We also take the opportunity to remove hardened plaque, called tartar, from your teeth, preventing harmful bacteria from causing problems in the future.
If you’ve been told that you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, or you have consistent jaw pain, you may have a condition called bruxism. What can you do about a habit that only manifests during sleep? You can turn to our team at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg for a custom nightguard. This oral appliance is comfortable and keeps your upper and lower teeth from touching, protecting them from excessive wear and potential cracking.
Although not the most common, oral cancer is one of the most fatal types. Unfortunately, it is often discovered late in development, but it doesn’t have to be this way. At every checkup twice a year, we carefully inspect your mouth, looking for signs of potentially cancerous cells. If necessary, our expert team can catch those early indications and refer you to a doctor for more an accurate diagnosis, significantly improving the odds of survival.
As a common mineral in most tap water, fluoride helps your smile stay strong. It reinforces the enamel or the hard, protective layer on the outside of your teeth. Although the enamel is the toughest material in your body, it is constantly bombarded by acids produced by bacteria. Fluoride gives your enamel a boost of strength to withstand these attacks. After we’ve completed your dental cleaning, we can apply a concentrated treatment of fluoride to your teeth to provide extra protection from cavities in between visits.
With so many products available on store shelves, it can be challenging to know which brands or types can really help you maintain a radiant, healthy smile. Our team of dental experts can guide you to the right ones that will make your daily oral hygiene easier and more successful. The next time you come in for your checkup and cleaning, ask us what we recommend for your oral hygiene routine!