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Preventive Dentistry in Leesburg, VA

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Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg provides preventive dental care in Leesburg, VA. For more information on our services or to make an appointment, please call our office at 703-779-7779.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry refers to procedures primarily meant to help patients avoid future difficulties. The cornerstone of preventive dentistry is the twice-annual cleaning and comprehensive examination.

Preventive procedures allow the dentist to check your oral health, track the progress of emerging issues like tooth decay or gum disease, and take action against future problems. Patients who take advantage of preventive services are less likely to need expensive procedures in the future.

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Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Lowers the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and more extensive dental problems

Identifies dental problems at earlier stages, lowering costs and possibly reducing treatment times

Provides effective treatments like fluoride and sealants to help prevent tooth decay

Teaches positive oral care habits like brushing twice daily and flossing to help prevent future issues

Why Choose Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg?

Under Dr. Cowell's leadership, our practice shares updated dental care techniques in a modern, relaxing atmosphere. Our compassionate office staff can help you maintain your oral health and prevent future issues whenever possible. We dedicate ourselves to providing high-quality dental services in an environment where you feel welcome and supported.

Procedures We Offer

Comprehensive Oral Examination

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Our expert dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for developmental issues and signs of tooth decay and gum disease. They also check your throat and neck to look for signs of oral cancer.

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Dental Cleaning

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Regular dental cleanings can reduce your chance of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Our skilled hygienists remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth, taking care of surface stains and polishing your teeth to a beautiful shine. The hygienist also provides important instructions on proper home care techniques.

Dental Sealants

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Sealants are a safe plastic resin that a dental professional applies to the molars with a brush. The resin fills in the deep crevices in these teeth, preventing food residue and plaque from becoming trapped and causing tooth decay. Dentists most often use sealants on children and teens, but adults with no existing tooth decay in the molars also stand to benefit.

Fluoride Treatment

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Both children and adults can receive fluoride treatments after a cleaning. Fluoride hardens and remineralizes tooth enamel, preventing decay. It is a safe treatment that can help to improve your dental health. We use a fluoride varnish, which can be applied in less than a minute. The patient has very few restrictions on food or drink after the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Preventive Dentistry

How often should I receive a dental cleaning and comprehensive exam?
Patients of all ages need to see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and comprehensive exam. Ideally, patients should start receiving cleanings and exams when their first teeth emerge before age one. Keeping up with regular cleanings helps to control the conditions that could lead to gum disease or tooth decay. You may need appointments more than twice a year if you have gum disease.
When is the best time of day to floss?
You can floss at any time of day that is convenient for you. Creating a solid oral care routine is key to improving your oral health, so whenever you do floss, try to make it a habit you follow each day.
Why do I need a fluoride treatment if I already use fluoride toothpaste?
Professional fluoride treatments can be valuable to your dental routine, even if you use fluoride toothpaste as directed. Professional treatments use a much higher concentration of fluoride than is available over the counter. They can remineralize enamel and restore its strength.
Can a dental cleaning damage my teeth?
The idea that cleaning can damage teeth is a myth that may prevent some patients from seeing the dentist. The hygienist uses gritty toothpaste to polish away stains, but this toothpaste is not abrasive enough to damage tooth enamel. Removing large calculus deposits can cause a temporary sensation of extra space between the teeth, but this is not harmful in any way and will return to normal during the healing process. Some patients with less vigorous oral care routines may notice bleeding when their teeth are cleaned and scaled, but this only means that the gums are inflamed and need better home care.
Why is it so important to screen for oral cancer?
Oral cancer becomes more dangerous when it goes without detection. Dentists receive extensive training in spotting the telltale signs of this cancer.

Call Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg

If you need a cleaning, exam, fluoride treatment, sealants, or more extensive dental work, don't wait to call our Leesburg, VA, office at 703-779-7779. We can help you build a foundation for stronger oral health.

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540 Fort Evans Road NE, Suite 100
Leesburg, VA 20176

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