Preventive Dentistry for Chardon, Jefferson & Painesville
At our practices, prevention is our primary focus. By using the services outlined below and our keen eyes, we’re able to stop many dental problems before they even start, saving you from having to get them fixed later! All it takes is just two easy appointments each year for everyone in your family to have a smile that’s healthy, clean, and beautiful. Sounds easy enough, right? Has it been more than six months since you or your child have been to the dentist? If so, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Checkups & Cleanings
When it comes to protecting your smile for the long-term, checkups and cleanings are the gold standard, as they allow us to learn all we can about your dental health and catch any problems you might have at their earliest stages. These appointments also give our hygienists the chance to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth, which is the root cause of most dental issues. Together, these services usually take less than an hour, and they’ll keep your smile healthy and whole for years to come.
Children have their own particular set of dental needs, ones we’re more than prepared to meet at each of our locations. When your child comes to see us, we’ll help protect their teeth from cavities, make sure their mouth is developing correctly, as well as provide helpful education so they can start forming healthy habits at home. And of course, our entire team will go out of their way to make sure your little one always enjoys calm, cool, and relaxing visits.
Dental sealants allow us to place an invisible barrier on the teeth that can help prevent both tooth decay and cavities. They work by applying a thin, clear layer of a plastic-based substance to the teeth that quickly hardens and stops the accumulation of plaque and food particles. Most of the time, we only need to place them on the vulnerable back teeth, as these are the most difficult to completely clean while brushing (especially for small children).
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a very sneaky problem where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. Over time, this can severely wear down the enamel, make the teeth more sensitive, and eventually cause them to break! To help patients with this issue, we can have them wear something called a nightguard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece fits comfortably between the teeth and stops them from coming together and doing damage.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Dental injuries are extremely common in sports (particularly for children), and most of them can be prevented with the use of a protective mouthguard. We can provide you with your own custom-made one right in our practice. It will be specially-designed to fit over your teeth to make it more comfortable, and it will also be much thicker and stronger than anything you can buy at the store or online.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a very dangerous and potentially fatal disease that is actually very treatable when detected early, which is why our doctors recommend that every adult should have at least one oral cancer screening per year. They can perform one as part of your regular checkups to make things nice and easy. They’ll examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, neck, and face for any cancerous tissues, and should they discover something, they can help you quickly get follow-up treatment.
If you’ve ever brushed your teeth with an ADA-approved toothpaste or enjoyed a glass of tap water, then your teeth have likely already benefited from fluoride. This mineral has been shown to help the teeth combat both decay and cavities for decades, so of course, we use it in our office every day! We can provide you and your family with a topical fluoride treatment as part of your regular checkups to keep everyone cavity-free between appointments.