Preventive Dentistry – Doylestown, PA
Conservative Care for Stunning Smiles
Prevention is extremely important when it comes to someone’s dental health, and by taking a proactive approach using conservative treatments, we often are able to stop cavities and gum disease before they ever develop. Patients of all ages should receive a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, and with these fast and easy visits, he can ensure that you and your family enjoy problem-free smiles year after year. To schedule you or your child’s next appointment for preventive dentistry in Doylestown, contact us today.
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Doylestown for Preventive Dentistry?
- Trusted by Local Families Since 1989
- Exceptional Care Provided by Friendly Team
- Appointments Always Start on Time
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
These routine appointments give Dr. Silverman and Dr. Barlow the chance to catch any dental decay, damage, or infections during their earliest stages so they can be treated before they cause serious problems. Cleanings from a hygienist are also able to remove plaque and tartar from areas of the mouth that are typically missed by someone’s brush and floss. Gentle and effective, these services help patients preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible and avoid the need for more extensive (and costly) treatments.
The back teeth are usually the first place where people develop cavities because they easily trap plaque and are difficult to adequately brush, particularly for children. Fortunately, a dental sealant can be applied directly to these teeth to prevent plaque, food particles, and acids from ever damaging them. A thin, clear layer of dental plastic is painted onto the enamel and quickly hardened with a special light. Once in place, a sealant can be trusted to provide reliable cavity protection for about 10 years.
Athletes of any age or skill level should always wear a mouthguard when playing to keep their teeth, lips, and gums safe from potential impacts. Generic appliances found at the store are meant to fit a wide range of people, which means they aren’t particularly comfortable and typically don’t provide adequate protection. With a custom mouthguard, however, a patient can have an appliance that is specially-shaped to fit their unique teeth. This will allow for unhindered breathing and speaking and will better shield the teeth from harm, giving athletes (and parents) one less thing to worry about.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a very common condition wherein a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. Often a response to daily stress, this can lead to oral pain and even break the teeth if left untreated. Thankfully, we are able to offer a simple solution: a nightguard. This small oral appliance fits over the teeth and places a cushion between the upper and lower rows, stopping any harmful contact while someone sleeps.
Oral Cancer Screenings
In addition to cavities and gum disease, our team is also on the lookout for the early signs of oral cancer during our patients’ routine checkups. These include symptoms like oral sores that don’t heal after two weeks, growths, and discolored patches of tissue. Our team’s trained eyes are able to spot potentially cancerous cells much better than the average person, so with regular screenings, we can make sure this disease is treated as soon as it appears, maximizing someone’s chances of recovery.
Fluoride is a mineral, and when it’s exposed to the teeth, it actually fortifies it and makes it more resistant to decay. This is why it’s almost always added to toothpaste and public water sources. At Perfect Smiles, we use topical fluoride treatments to give our patients a quick and potent boost of cavity protection at their checkups. This only takes a minute, but it can significantly lower someone’s chances of developing a cavity between appointments.
Early-age dental care is very important for children as their enamel isn’t fully hardened and they are still learning to brush effectively. When you bring your child to see us, we will do everything we can to keep them comfortable while we work to protect them from cavities and ensure proper oral development.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that can develop on the roots of the teeth and gums without proper oral hygiene. Initial symptoms include red, swollen, and sensitive gums, but it can eventually lead to gum recession and even tooth loss. Scaling and root planing is a type of dental cleaning specifically designed to remove the tartar deposits responsible for periodontal disease, quickly stopping the infection and restoring a patient’s oral health.
A jaw that is constantly stiff, sore, and pops and clicks all the time is a sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the set of hinges that connects your jaw to the rest of your head, and it can develop pain and dysfunction for a variety of reasons. Dr. Lewis is able to diagnose what is inhibiting a patient’s jaw function as well as treat it using conservative, proven therapies like equilibrations and custom-made oral appliances.