Preventive Dentist in Herndon
For most of our patients, the goal of dental care is keeping their smiles whole and healthy from the very first tooth until the last. At Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we completely agree. In accordance with the American Dental Association’s recommendations for best practice, we encourage all patients to visit our office at least two times every year. These preventive checkups allow Dr. Nazila Ganji and her dental team to partner with patients in stopping many dental health issues before they start and diagnosing other concerns in their earliest stages. Contact our team to schedule your checkup or find out more today.
Checkups & Cleanings
The foundation for any dental care plan should be regular preventive checkups. We don’t typically recommend a one-size-fits-all solution, but when it comes the basics, everyone should at least follow the minimum standards for care: brush two minutes two times each day, floss at least once each day, and visit the dentist twice a year. In most cases, this treatment plan alone is effective in eliminating all oral health issues. Dental checkups at our practice include complete diagnostic x-rays, careful examination and screening for common oral health concerns, thorough professional teeth cleanings, and a one on one consultation with the dentist to establish an ongoing care plan. When patients complete a checkup with our team at least once every six months, they should see a significant improvement in overall oral health.
One of the simplest but most effective preventive dentistry treatments we offer is coating with dental sealant. This procedure protects tooth enamel from the potentially detrimental effects of plaque and tartar buildup on teeth by sealing out these acidic substances. Bacteria live in the mouth and help patients digest key dietary nutrients, but they also excrete the sticky, acidic biofilm commonly referred to as plaque. Saliva serves as a neutralizing agent protecting teeth from acid, but when the amount of saliva and acid is uneven, enamel is damaged. Dental sealants place a clear, plastic coating over teeth to block out bacteria and plaque. We are happy to apply sealants to teeth as part of any dental checkup. One quick application protects teeth for years.
Nightguards for TMJ & Bruxism Therapy
TMJ dysfunction and bruxism may not always stem from the same root cause, but in many cases, the same treatment is effective in preventing damage and relieving pain. TMD is the strain of the joints connecting the jaw to the skull, and when this occurs, patients may experience any number of adverse effects including jaw pain, limited jaw mobility, and clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth. Nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, may seem like a relatively harmless habit, but over the years can lead to significant dental wear. Nightguards relieve stress from jaw joints allowing patients’ bites to rest in their ideal position, and protect teeth from the damage of grinding and clenching by limiting movement and placing a physical barrier between teeth.
At Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we welcome patients of all ages. Our team has years of experience meeting children’s unique set of oral health and behavior needs. Millions of patients report experiencing dental phobia or anxiety, and many of these patients claim a traumatic experience from childhood lead to this concern. For this reason, our top priority is to ensure every child we treat is completely calm, comfortable, and free from pain during care. We work with parents to build positive associations with the dentist, and hope that with the right level of preventive care from an early age, your child will never have to experience any of the pain or damage that accompanies advanced dental care.
Oral Cancer Screenings
On average, one person each hour dies from oral cancer making it one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Many patients believe they do not need to be screened for oral cancer if they don’t smoke, but tobacco use is only one of the many high risk behaviors associated with oral cancer. Additionally, about 25% of those diagnosed do not engage in any of these high risk behaviors. Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation lead to a recommendation that regular screenings and diagnosis in earlier stages is the best way to decrease the number of oral cancer related deaths each year. That’s why we offer oral cancer screenings as an essential part of six month checkups.
Digital X-Rays & Intraoral Cameras
Digital x-rays and intraoral photography are two of the diagnostic tools we use on a daily basis. X-rays give us a clear picture of the underlying, supportive dental structures, and intraoral photos give the dentists and patients clear images of specific areas of the smile that are damaged, decayed, or worn. These two diagnostic imaging tools have transformed the way we partner with patients to create personalized treatment plans. Using digital x-rays and images, we clearly and specifically point out problematic areas and recommend improvements, explain treatment options, and help patients find a solution they feel completely comfortable with.
If you or a loved one participates in any sport where teeth may come in contact with hard surfaces, sporting equipment, or other players, wearing an athletic mouthguard is essential. Sometimes referred to simply as a sportsguard, these oral appliances protect teeth from trauma, and since the majority of tooth loss that occurs in patients under 25 is sports related, we highly recommend wearing a mouthguard during every athletic event. Unlike store bought guards, the custom sportsguards crafted by our skilled team are comfortable, enabling patients to speak and breathe effortlessly while wearing their guard.
Dental emergencies cannot typically be avoided, but when they do happen, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry patients are welcome to contact our Herndon, VA dentist and team. We’re happy to help whenever patients need us, and we offer same day appointments whenever possible. If we are unable to treat patients on the day they call, we take the time to walk them through pain management and first aid tips to protect their oral and overall health until they arrive at our office.