Preventive Dentistry – Bedford, VA
Protect Your Smile for Life
Our team is always here to help in cases of dental injury and aesthetic concerns – but we also provide valuable assistance when it comes to keeping these problems from occurring in the first place. Preventive care is the crucial foundation of better, brighter smiles, revealing patient concerns at the earliest stages and providing extra support and protection against common threats to oral health. Our doctors welcome patients of all ages from Bedford County and surrounding areas of Forest, Smith Mountain Lake, Goode, Moneta, and Thaxton! Contact PeaksView Dental today to schedule your first appointment with us, or if you have any questions we can help you with.
Why Choose PeaksView Dental for
- Comprehensive Dentistry for All Ages
- Superior Customer Service
- Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Our dental team strongly recommends that patients of all ages attend at least two checkups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. These visits allow us to fully understand the unique state of your smile, identifying damage and sources of discomfort that may be lingering out of an untrained eye’s view. After we’ve captured digital X-rays and performed a thorough visual examination, one of our doctors can sit down with you to discuss possible treatment recommendations that fit your personal preferences and budget. We love seeing whole families at our practice, and our team can often arrange all of your loved ones’ checkups and cleanings on the same day to save time and ensure a more comfortable experience overall!
With in-depth hygiene appointments, our team can also take care of the dangerous plaque and tartar that’s constantly accumulating in the mouth, thoroughly cleaning teeth and gums and leaving your smile feeling revitalized. We want our patients to leave our office feeling confident about the future of their oral health.
How can you keep your smile safe at night when you don’t have any control over what your teeth and jaws do? The answer is that you can get a personalized nightguard to protect you from the ill effects of bruxism. This condition causes you to grind your teeth together while you’re asleep, gradually wearing down and weakening the enamel. A nightguard will act as a barrier so that the upper and lower teeth don’t make direct contact and thus won’t damage each other.
Your teeth are strong, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little extra help. Fluoride can strengthen your enamel and improve its resistance against decay; for this reason, adding fluoride to drinking water and toothpaste have become widespread practices. Children with developing smiles and patients who are particularly prone to cavities could potentially benefit from a fluoride treatment. This simply involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth so that it can be absorbed. This quick, simple procedure can significantly lower the risk of developing a cavity before your next appointment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer may not be as widely discussed as cavities and gum disease in the dentist’s office, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Tens of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year, and nearly half of those patients won’t go on to survive more than five more years. This happens because oral cancer isn’t often located and identified correctly until it’s already reached advanced stages and caused catastrophic damage. At PeaksView Dental, we strive to reduce this number by making oral cancer screenings a vital part of check-ups. If we locate any suspicious areas of oral tissue that may contain cancerous cells, we arrange a biopsy for patients right away.
There are some tell-tale symptoms of oral cancer that patients look for during their regular oral hygiene routines. They include:
- White or red spots in the mouth
- Oral sores that bleed easily and/or are slow to heal
- Lumps, crusts, or thickened areas in the mouth
- Pain in the tongue