Preventive Dentistry in Danville & Chatham
Schedule a preventive dentistry visit with your hygienist at Danville Dental Associates.
Routine dental checkups are vital to good oral health and the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. The American Dental Association recommends checkups twice a year. Oral health needs change with age and the condition of your teeth and gums. Your dentist may recommend a checkup schedule that is more or less frequent than twice per year.
At each checkup, your dentist and hygienist will perform an examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth. They will check for tooth decay and gum disease, evaluate your existing dental work, and assess your bite alignment. Your visit includes oral cancer screening where the hygienist examines the lymph nodes of your head, neck, and jaw for pain, tenderness, and flexibility.
Your doctor and hygienist may recommend digital x-rays that can reveal dental problems not evident during a visual exam, complete a gingival pocket exam to assess the presence or risk of gum disease, clean your teeth using special instruments designed to remove plaque above and below the gum line, and finally, polish and floss your teeth.
You will receive instructions in good oral health practices at home and be given an opportunity to ask questions about your treatment.
Prevention is the key to good oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your checkup.
Checkups & Cleanings
In addition to daily at-home oral hygiene, twice a year dental checkups are the key to keeping smiles whole and healthy for a lifetime. During regular dental checkups, we’ll screen for early indicators of common oral health conditions including tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding and clenching, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and oral cancer. A skilled registered dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from those parts of the smile that may be neglected by regular brushing and flossing. Before you leave, one of our knowledgeable dentists will discuss the results of your examination, answer any questions you may have, and work with you to create a personalized plan to maintain your highest level of oral health. While every patient has a unique smile and unique oral hygiene goals, we will always emphasize preventive care when creating personal treatment plans. By keeping smiles whole and healthy, we help patients avoid the more invasive and costly treatments necessary to repair damaged smiles.
One of the best general dentistry services available, dental sealants place a thin, clear, protective coat between the surfaces of the teeth to protect them from the potentially damaging plaque and tartar buildup that accumulates over time. We simply place a liquid coating of sealant material onto the surfaces of teeth. Then, we use a curing light to harden the protective coating in place where it will protect the surface for years. If you are interested in the benefits of sealants, ask a team member at your next check-up.
Temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and bruxism are two seemingly different oral health conditions. However, both common concerns can be treated by wearing mouthguards at night to readjust the jaws to their most comfortable position and place a physical barrier between teeth. TMJ dysfunction occurs when the small joints connecting the jaw to the skull are strained or damaged. The result could be severe jaw pain or inability to fully open and close the mouth. In many cases, relieving unnecessary strain on these joints is as simple as wearing a nightguard that reduces the amount of nighttime jaw movement and relieves undo strain on these joints during sleep. These same custom crafted oral appliances can also be used to prevent potential wear or damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding or clenching.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you think that oral cancer only happens to those patients who smoke or use tobacco, you’re unfortunately incorrect. As much as 30% of patients who suffer from oral cancer do not engage in any of the high risk behaviors associated with this disease. That’s why the Danville Dental Associates team encourages patients to undergo oral cancer screenings as part of every six month dental checkup. These screenings are fast, comfortable, and minimally invasive.
We welcome patients of all ages to visit Danville Dental Associates. Our skilled dentists and friendly team go above and beyond to make every patient feel comfortable and right at home in our office. That includes the youngest patients. We offer a wide array of dental services specifically geared toward caring for children’s oral health.
Gum Disease Therapy
Periodontal disease is better known as gum disease. This common oral health condition affects millions of US adults each year. While this is not necessarily a problem when the disease is caught in the earliest stages, advanced gum disease can lead to serious oral health concerns including tooth loss and overall health issues like heart disease.