At Smiles of Chesapeake, we treat you as if you were family! That means that we will do everything we can to help you and your loved ones avoid dental health issues through preventive care and education. We make sure that your mouth is healthy through cleanings, flouride treatments, and more.
While maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine at home will get you way ahead of the game when it comes to dental health, having your routine cleaning and exam done twice a year will decrease your chances of developing any issues, or address them from the beginning. Our hygienists will ensure that your mouth is bacteria free and hard-to-reach surfaces of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
Dental x-rays are an important part of most dental exams. This will allow our team to see smaller issues that may not be visible to the naked eye that could become bigger issues down the road.
Flouride treatments can strengthen your tooth enamel and help you avoid cavities, especially if your teeth are showing early signs of decay. This treatment is generally painless and non-invasive and involves a highly-concentrated paste or gel being applied to your teeth and then being wiped away after a few minutes. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has the unique ability to strengthen “soft spots” in your enamel and keep cavities from forming.
Our rear molars, the teeth at the back of our mouths, are at a higher risk of developing cavities because we use these teeth for chewing. If teeth are not cleaned correctly and regularly, oral bacteria will build up over time. Sugar and acids can make this oral bacteria grow even more rapidly. Dental sealants are an option to keep rear molars cavity-free by creating a clear barrier on top of your teeth to prevent them from coming into direct contact with harmful substances.
Unexplained headaches or jaw pain, or “locking” or “clicking” sounds when opening or shutting your mouth, may be related to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ/TMD). Our mouth guard and night guard treatments can often help reduce this pain or discomfort if we discover that your TMJ/TMD is the cause.
Sleep apnea affects many Americans, and a large number of those suffering from this condition go without a diagnosis. The most common type of sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway (through either the nose and/or mouth), and loud snoring occurs accompanied by a 10-second or more lapse in breathing several times throughout the night. At Smiles of Chesapeake, we offer sleep apnea treatment with oral appliances and nightguards to give you a healthy, restful night’s sleep.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects almost 50% of American adults. This disease is diagnosed when bacteria builds up below the surface of the gums and causes them to become inflamed. Our caring, friendly, and highly trained dental hygienists will perform a deeper cleaning called deep scaling and root planning should your periodontal exam indicate that you are experiencing mild to moderate gum disease. Our advanced equipment will be used to treat your gums and we will educate you on how to prevent disease and bacteria in the future.