Life is SO busy these days, and the absolute last thing anyone has time for (especially parents) is a preventable dental issue like a cavity or gum disease. Rather than just fixing problems as they pop up, Dr. Langworthy likes to take a proactive approach to dental care, offering a selection of treatments that can put the brakes on common dental ailments before they become a headache. Here, we infuse fun into everything we do, all while safeguarding your smile for years to come with preventive dentistry in Fuquay-Varina, NC!
During your checkup, Dr. Langworthy will not only closely examine your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw, but she’s likely to break into song in the middle of it as well! You’ll enjoy your own personal soundtrack as she searches for early signs of dental issues so she can take care of them right away. Then, you’ll receive a cleaning from one of our expert hygienists, who will skillfully remove all cavity-causing plaque and tartar from your teeth to leave your smile sparkling and feeling silky smooth.
Oral cancer can affect anyone at almost any age, which is why Dr. Langworthy will always give you an oral cancer screening whenever you come to see her. If she finds a growth or discolored patch of tissue that is concerning, she can organize for you to receive a biopsy and proper diagnosis without delay. Early detection and treatment are proven to be the most effective ways to beat oral cancer, and we use frequent screenings to ensure our patients stay safe and healthy.
Fluoride is EVERYWHERE. You’ll find it in many foods, oral healthcare products, and even the water that comes from your tap! This is great news, as this helpful mineral is proven to strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to decay. If you or your child aren’t receiving enough of it in your day-to-day lives, we can apply a topical fluoride solution during your checkups and cleanings. It only takes a minute but will provide several months of boosted cavity protection.
With dental sealants, we essentially place a transparent “raincoat” over the back teeth in order to keep them safe from cavities. An extremely thin layer of dental plastic is applied to the enamel, where it quickly becomes an invisible shield against bacteria and food particles. They are great for children who are still learning how to brush properly, but they can also help cavity-prone adults as well.
Are you greeted every morning by a sore jaw and/or headache? If so, then you may be experiencing bruxism, which refers to unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching that occurs during sleep. This can slowly wear down the teeth and strain the jaw and facial muscles, but fortunately, the solution is quite simple. Dr. Langworthy can give you a custom-made mouthpiece to wear to bed that will keep your teeth separated and safe so you can rest easy (and start enjoying mornings again).
As a mother of two, Dr. Langworthy understands just how important a child’s oral health is as well as anyone, which is why she’s happy to offer gentle, high-quality care for Fuquay-Varina’s most precious smiles. Here, parents can relax while our team keeps their little ones entertained and relaxed while we examine their teeth and keep them safe from cavities. We can even teach your child little songs that will encourage them to develop healthy oral hygiene habits.
Despite popular belief, the most common dental issue in the world is NOT cavities, but rather periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this infection can slowly break down the gum tissue and underlying bone that supports the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss! Thankfully, our team can spot this problem early and treat it right away with a deep cleaning. This will stop the infection in its tracks while also safeguarding someone from future gum issues.
Countless children suffer from sleep disordered breathing (SDB), often due to improper development of their oral structures. The HealthyStart system uses soft, removable oral appliances to guide erupting teeth into their proper positions and ensure that the upper airway is large enough to facilitate easier breathing. It can reduce or even eliminate symptoms of SDB and greatly lower the chances that your child will require braces in the future.