Preventive Dentistry – Chardon, OH
Helping You Protect Your
Smile for Life
At Hilltop Family Dental, we take prevention very seriously. With our dedicated services and high attention to detail, Dr. Nick helps patients stop the most common dental problems before they even have a chance to develop. This not only saves you discomfort, but money as well! With two appointments every year for all your family members, you can have a smile that is healthy, beautiful and free of harmful dental plaque. Have you not been to the dentist in the past six months? Schedule an appointment today for preventive dentistry in Chardon, OH!
Why Choose Hilltop Family Dental for Preventive Dentistry?
- Highly Experienced and Caring Dentist
- Modern and Family-Friendly Dental Office
- Flexible and Affordable Payment Solutions
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
When we talk about the gold standard of long-term protection, we always mention checkups and cleanings first. Not only do they allow us to learn as much as we can about your current dental health, but we can catch problems before they turn into dental emergencies. During your cleaning, our dedicated hygienist removes any plaque and tartar that have collected on teeth, the most common cause of many dental problems. Visits only take about an hour to complete and are proven to protect teeth for years to come, so there is no reason not to get them done!
Children’s dental needs have always been unique, and we are more than ready to meet them. Every time you bring your child in for a checkup, we will do what we can to help protect them from decay and confirm their smile is developing as it should. Dr. Nick will gladly answer their questions and provide educational tips that make forming healthy at-home habits simple and easy to understand. With our team by their side, they can expect their visits to feel calm and relaxing.
In order to create a barrier between teeth and harmful plaque and bacteria, we can apply dental sealants. These tooth colored barriers work to prevent decay and cavities for years at a time, ensuring your child can get used to brushing and flossing without the heightened risk of dental problems. The plastic-based sealants are first applied in a thin layer to teeth and then cured so they quickly harden. Generally, they are applied to the most vulnerable teeth (such as the molars) to reduce the risk of accumulation of plaque and food particles.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is usually hard to recognize at first as it involves the unconscious habit of clenching the jaw and grinding your teeth together, typically while sleeping. After enough time, this habit can lead to worn down enamel, tooth sensitivity, and even cracks! To reduce the risk of these dental problems, we provide patients with a nightguard, which is worn to bed. These oral appliances are small, custom-made, and designed to fit as comfortable as possible. They also prevent teeth from coming into direct contact with each other and causing damage.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
In sports, dental injuries are a lot more common than you might initially think, especially for younger athletes. Thankfully, most physical injuries to teeth can be avoided by wearing a custom mouthguard. We create our oral appliances with the help of our digital impression scanner for the most accurate and comfortable fit. Keep in mind that our mouthguards are much thicker and longer-lasting than what you’ll find in sporting goods stores.
Oral Cancer Screening
Despite being a very dangerous and even fatal disease, oral cancer is actually quite treatable, but only when caught in the earliest stages. That is why Dr. Nick performs an oral cancer screening at least once a year as part of your routine checkup. More often than not, you won’t even notice that he is staying on the lookout for the early signs. He carefully examines your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, neck, and face for potential signs of cancerous tissue. If he does find something, he will make sure you get the follow-up treatment you need.
Have you used toothpaste that had the ADA logo stamped on the back of it? Ever drink a glass of water from the tap? If so, then your smile has already experienced the benefits of fluoride! This common mineral is proven to protect teeth from decay and reduce the risk of cavities, which is why we always use it at Hilltop Family Dental. Our dental office can perform a fluoride treatment as part of you and your family’s routine checkup to keep everyone cavity-free in between visits.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
It’s no secret that there are many dental products to pick from, which is why we’re often asked which ones are the best for ensuring a healthy smile! We tend to recommend products like Sonicare toothbrushes, Colgate and Pronamel the most, but at the end of the day the best oral care product is one that fits your needs. For example, someone struggling with tartar will likely need another product compared to someone with sensitive teeth, a high risk for gum disease, or chronic bad breath. No matter what your needs may be, we will help you determine which products will help you the most!