Keeping your smile healthy is about more than just brushing and flossing. Preventive dentistry involves a range of procedures focused on helping you avoid serious dental work and maintaining both your oral and overall health. At Smile Designer of Leesburg, we provide preventive services for all members of your family. Our skilled doctors can also work with you at our Leesburg, VA, practice to ensure your at-home hygiene routine is as effective as possible.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry focuses on keeping your smile healthy before any problems develop. Daily brushing and dental cleanings play a large role in preventing issues such as cavities, gum disease, and other common oral health concerns. The key to good oral hygiene is consistent maintenance. Our team can help you keep your teeth clean and catch signs of serious issues early to avoid damage to your smile.
Our Preventive Services
We offer a wide range of preventive dental treatments in addition to our regular oral health exams.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance which strengthens enamel and helps protect the teeth against decay. While many over-the-counter products have fluoride, our doctors use stronger, more effective products. We generally recommend fluoride treatments for children, as they are more susceptible to cavities. However, adults prone to decay can benefit from fluoride treatments, as well.
Oral Cancer Screening
We typically perform oral cancer screenings as part of your biannual exam. These screenings are an affordable and effective way to catch signs of oral cancer early, improving the chances of successful treatment. We use VELscope® technology to identify potential signs of cancer, such as white spots or lesions.
Whatever the current state of your smile, our team at Smile Designer of Leesburg can help you improve and maintain your oral health.
Healthy gums are crucial to the overall stability of your smile. Dr. Daniel Han is a certified periodontist who provides comprehensive periodontal care. By treating signs of gum disease early, you can prevent more extensive issues, such as periodontitis or tooth loss.
Our team uses salivary diagnostic testing to evaluate the levels of bacteria in your mouth. Knowing these levels can help our doctors identify the most effective treatments to prevent other issues from arising.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic covering which protects the chewing surfaces of your molars from dangerous bacteria. When combined with consistent at-home care, sealants can reduce the risk of cavities for both children and adults.
Why Is Prevention So Important?
Preventive dentistry can minimize or even eliminate oral health problems such as:
- Enamel loss
Preventing these issues can keep your smile healthy, allowing you to avoid extensive treatments. A healthy mouth can reduce your risk of developing a range of other health conditions, saving you money and maintaining your well-being.
Taking care of your oral health is not just about keeping your smile healthy, though. Everything in the body is connected. Issues in your mouth can affect other parts of your body. A huge variety of health problems have links to poor oral health, including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
By taking care of your teeth, you can also reduce your risk of developing more serious, systemic health problems.
We Can Protect Your Smile
Whatever the current state of your smile, our team at Smile Designer of Leesburg can help you improve and maintain your oral health. Learn more about our preventive dentistry services by contacting our office online or calling (703) 777-1162 today.