Preventive Dentistry Services in DC
Dentistry has evolved tremendously over the past decade, and Dr. Yelena Obholz and her staff here in Washington, DC always make sure to stay updated on the latest developments. We combine a holistic approach with contemporary technology and high-quality, aesthetic dental materials in order to provide effective, comfortable care to patients of all ages. Prevention is crucial, which is why we are focused on helping you achieve and maintain optimum oral health through conservative methods. After all, routine appointments and proper oral hygiene at home can help you avoid common issues like periodontal disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss!
At Aesthetic & Family Dentistry, we strive to provide patients with an atmosphere where they can feel at ease. Our digital X-rays emit a significantly reduced amount of radiation, and our intraoral cameras allow us to perform advanced examinations. Wireless internet access, cable television, music, and videos are also available for your enjoyment.
Dental Check-ups and Teeth Cleanings
Excellent dental hygiene is key when it comes to ensuring your oral health for years to come. During your regular check-ups and cleanings, we will detect problems in their earliest stages and then recommend specific treatments. Dr. Obholz will even develop a schedule of examinations based on your personal needs and inform you of any new dental techniques that may benefit you.
Most US tap water contains fluoride, which is beneficial for the health and vitality of your teeth. Sadly, many people today suffer from fluoride deficiency because of how widespread bottled water has become. We recommend using tap water for your baby formula, and giving children reusable water bottles filled with tap water instead of water bottles. If necessary, we can provide your son or daughter with a fluoride treatment to strengthen their enamel and guard against cavities. Dental sealants are also available at our Washington, DC office as an effective method for preventing cavities in the grooves of back teeth.
Teeth Grinding Relief
Some people grind their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while asleep. This constant pressure and motion can harm your teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. Even worse, it can contribute to TMJ dysfunction, which often causes near-debilitating pain in the head and neck. Thankfully, Dr. Obholz can remedy this condition, known as bruxism, with a personalized nightguard that provides protection and allows you to rest easy throughout the night.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a dangerous, yet preventable type of cancer, and it typically affects adults who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively. However, nearly 25% of diagnosed patients don’t exhibit any risk factors, which is why our Washington, DC office is here to help with diagnosing this condition at the earliest possible stage. During your regular check-up, we’ll carefully inspect your mouth for common signs of oral cancer, including flat white or red sports in the mouth, sores that aren’t healing, color change in the tissue, or lumps or rough spots. If we do find a suspicious area, Dr. Obholz can help you on the path towards a concrete diagnosis and further treatment, if necessary.
Many contact sports require protection for your head and knees – but what about your mouth? Anywhere from 30% to 40% of dental injuries take place when playing sports, which is why it’s important to have protection. While one-size-fits-all oral appliances can be found in any athletic store, these are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable; choosing a custom-made sportsguard from Dr. Obholz can provide you with the personalized security and confidence you need to do your best. Studies have even shown that wearing a sportsguard can reduce the severity of concussions.
In Washington, DC, our dental team is here to help every member of our family achieve the healthy, happy smile of their dreams. Contact Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington today if you have any questions about our available preventive services, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. We’re conveniently located for patients who live or work in the American University, Georgetown, Tenley Circle, and Embassy Row areas.