Preventive Care

Preventive Dental Care and Regular Check-Ups is the Best Way to Ensure Healthy Smiles

Regular dental check-ups and preventive care help your teeth and gums, which have a hard job throughout your entire life.

To keep them healthy, you have to make the effort to prevent problems before they start. Your job in keeping your teeth and gums healthy is to brush and floss twice a day, every day. To keep your tooth enamel strong and prevent cavities, you should always use toothpaste that contains fluoride. There are also routines you should get into to help keep your teeth strong, like sipping water during meals to help wash away debris, and waiting at least 20 minutes after meals before brushing. This allows your tooth enamel to recover from chewing so that brushing will not damage it.

It’s equally important for the health of your teeth and gums that you come in to see us at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for twice annual checkups and whenever problems arise. When offer a complete range of services for correction and prevention of problems. Our preventive services include:


“We love the preventative care options that Dr. Whitman offers at her practice. Thanks to her help, my husband and I have been cavity-free since coming to Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We couldn’t ask for better service!”

— Allison, Leesburg, VA

Allison and her husband came to see Dr. Whitman after having a negative experience at
another practice. “We needed a dentist we could trust. Dr. Whitman has always been honest, down-to-earth, and extremely knowledgeable.”

Thanks to Dr. Whitman’s care, Allison says she and her husband both have never been happier with their smiles. “With our regular cleanings and checkups, our teeth are brighter and we’ve had no cavities!”

“It’s such peace of mind working with Dr. Whitman. She always explains what’s going in a way we understand, and her care and attention to detail is second to none. We really appreciate her!”

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.

Sports Mouthguards

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

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.