An ounce of preventive dentistry in Bowie, MD is worth a pound of cure. Don’t let oral health problems go unchecked. In addition to cleanings and dental examinations, Dr. Hightower will screen for periodontal disease, bruxism, TMJ dysfunction, sleep apnea, and other dental issues during your six month checkups. Visit us at Ambiance Dental Spa regularly so you can keep smiling for years to come. And remember, nothing beats receiving your preventive dental care in a relaxing environment like Ambiance Dental Spa!
With just two checkups and cleanings each year, we can help a patient largely avoid the most common dental issues and preserve their natural teeth for life. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to make sure any problems are found and treated right away, and a hygienist will remove pesky plaque and tartar to stop cavities and gum disease before they even start. Maintaining regular preventive visits has also been shown to help people spend much less on their dental care over time because they need fewer advanced procedures.
As part of your cleaning, our team will apply topical fluoride to strengthen your enamel and make it more resistant to cavities. Fluoride actually replaces the minerals that have been stripped away by plaque and acids from the food we eat, which is why you’ll often see it added to toothpaste and public water sources. This treatment is fast and effective, and it’s especially helpful for children who are still developing their brushing habits.
Oral cancer is responsible for one death every hour, yet many people still believe that if they don’t drink alcohol, smoke or chew tobacco, or expose themselves to excessive amounts of sun, they won’t get it. While these behaviors increase the risk for throat, mouth, and lip cancers respectively, more than 25% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer engage in none of these high-risk activities. At each of your regular checkups, Dr. Hightower will conduct an oral cancer screening in order to detect any possible signs at the earliest stages.
You might not have heard the word “bruxism,” but you may be familiar with the symptoms: flat and worn down teeth and chronic jaw pain and headaches in the morning. It actually refers to unconscious teeth grinding that happens during sleep, and it can cause severe damage to the teeth if left untreated. To help patients rest easy, we can provide custom-made nightguards that keep the teeth separated while they sleep. Each one is designed for comfort, and they have been shown to help with persistent TMJ pain as well.
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the set of hinges located right in front of your ears that connects your jaw to your head. It consists of an intricate system of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and bones that enable you to freely move your jaw, and it can sometimes fall victim to stress, strain, or injury. This can lead to a TMJ disorder, or TMD, which is characterized by stiffness and soreness in the jaw as well as frequent migraine headaches. Fortunately, our team can figure out exactly what is causing a TMD and provide treatments designed to relieve pain, improve jaw function, and prevent the problem from coming back.
Let us help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve here in Bowie, MD! Contact Ambiance Dental Spa today to schedule an appointment and receive exceptional preventive care in an environment where you can feel truly at ease. We also welcome new patients from Greenbelt, Goddard, Lanham, Crofton, Glenn Dale, and beyond.