In addition to brushing and flossing every day at home, receiving routine preventive dental care from a highly-skilled team is essential to avoiding the most common oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease. On top of thorough exams and cleanings, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Barakat have many other ways to help patients dodge potential pitfalls so they can spend less time at the dentist and more simply enjoying their healthy smiles. If it has been more than six months since you or your child’s last check-up, be sure to schedule an appointment at NaLa Smiles today!
Even people who diligently take care of their teeth at home can develop dental decay or damage, but routine check-ups at NaLa Smiles can make sure any minor issues in your teeth don’t have the chance to turn into major ones. Also at these appointments, one of our hygienists will give you a cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tartar from those areas of your mouth that your brush and floss can’t reach, stopping cavities before they even start.
During your check-up, our team will keep an eye out for the early signs of oral cancer, which can include things like oral sores that don’t heal, growths, and discolored patches of tissue. Finding and treating the disease early gives a patient the best chance of recovery, and by performing this screening whenever someone comes in for their routine visit, we can ensure oral cancer never has a chance to sneak up on you or a loved one.
If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw or headache, then you might be experiencing bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding while you sleep. This can slowly wear down the enamel and even cause it to crack if left untreated, but a nightguard can quickly put a stop to this. Worn only to bed, this small oral appliance comfortably fits over the teeth to prevent any harmful contact between the upper and lower rows, allowing a patient to rest easy.
About 99% of people’s dental care comes in the form of daily brushing and flossing, so needless to say, the products you and your family use at home are extremely important to your oral health! To make sure you’re using the right ones, be sure to ask our hygiene team for recommendations at you or your child’s next check-up and cleaning. We’ll be happy to let you know which type of toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash would be ideally suited for your/their particular smile.
As a family dental practice, one of the most important things we do is take care of Alexandria’s growing smiles. When you bring your child to see us, our team will treat them like they are one of our own, ensuring they never have to dread going to the dentist. We’ll keep their smile healthy with top-notch preventive care, and we’ll be able to quickly fix any problems that pop up along the way as well, giving you one less thing to stress about as a parent.
A stiff, painful jaw and chronic headaches are just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by a TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the set of hinges that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull, and whether due to strain, arthritis, or an uneven bite, it can sometimes develop dysfunction that can affect the face, head, neck, and much more. At NaLa Smiles, we can help patients overcome these kinds of problems using conservative therapies designed to improve jaw function as well as deliver long-lasting relief.