Prevention is the vital foundation of quality dental care – after all, being able to stop problems before they start is much simpler, safer, and more affordable for patients when compared to treating severe oral damage later on. Here in Fairfax, VA, patients can turn to Dr. Malcolm Murray and the rest of our team for the respectful, compassionate approach they need. We’ll support you with routine checkups, revitalizing cleanings, and other options for preventive dentistry in Fairfax, VA designed to strengthen and protect your smile for years to come.
Attending an in-depth evaluation and cleaning every six months (or twice each year) is the most important way patients of all ages can help their oral health thrive. During these visits, our team’s goal is to form the most comprehensive picture of your unique smile possible. Dr. Murray will review each tooth, your gums, bite, jaw, current restorations, and more in order to discover even the smallest areas of damage or discomfort. Periodontal disease and oral cancer screenings provide important information as well. After we’ve completed your checkup, it’ll be time to sit down and discuss the findings, as well as our recommendations for treatment.
Refreshing cleanings are also necessary for good oral health because they allow our team to remove stubborn, decay-causing plaque and tartar from the smile, as well as minor dental stains. You’ll leave our dental office with teeth that feel nicely polished!
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is a very common condition, and one that can lead to painful headaches, dental damage, and other unpleasant consequences if it’s left untreated for too long. Because the grinding tends to occur while the patient is sleeping, Dr. Murray typically recommends a custom night guard as an effective solution. This oral appliance will provide a valuable barrier to protect vulnerable teeth keeping them safe as you rest easy.
Fluoride treatment is often a great preventive choice for both children and adults who are susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity. This topical treatment is applied directly to the teeth in a fast, concentrated manner helping to harden tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. It can even reverse cavities in their earliest stages!
While you may not think you are at risk for oral cancer, the only way to know for sure is to complete detailed oral cancer screenings at our dental office every six months. Our dental office utilizes the Velscope device to catch underlying signs of oral cancer. This technology relies on bioluminescence to highlight areas of concern. The sooner you catch the symptoms of oral cancer, the easier and more effective treatment will be for your condition.
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