Dental Cleanings and Checkups
Six month checkups and routine cleanings can help you to keep your teeth and gums in top condition.Remember that even if you take great care of your teeth at home, you can still get gingivitis, the early form of gum disease, and other problems can happen to anyone at any one at any time. Skipping a checkup could allow a developing problem to get worse, which could lead to a more complicated procedure to correct it.
It is important to have a well-fitting mouthguard when you participate in sports, whether you are a professional athlete or just a backyard player. No mouthguard can give you as much protection against mouth injury as one that is made exclusively for you by a dentist.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings are recommended annually and can detect signs of cancer at an early stage. This is a simple screening Dr. Whitman conducts in just a few minutes during your regular appointment.
Dr. Whitman checks your oral cavity for any visible signs of oral cancer and performs a physical exam of your face, jaw, and neck for any lumps or abnormalities. Should she find anything of concern, she will refer you to an oral surgeon for further testing.
Commonly known as teeth grinding, bruxism is hugely damaging to teeth and gums. Many people grind their teeth while asleep and don’t realize the damage that can result, such as cracked teeth and gum inflammation, as well as TMJ issues. Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry designs custom mouthguards to help prevent bruxism and teeth clenching to keep your smile strong and healthy.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can only be diagnosed by a doctor, but it can be treated with an oral appliance that keeps the air passageways open at night to prevent the blockage that causes sleep apnea and its symptoms, like snoring. Sometimes misaligned teeth or a bad bite can also cause sleep apnea. Orthodontic treatment could be recommended to restore free breathing at night.