Complete Preventive Dentistry in Cherry Hill
Ask any athlete and they’ll tell you, “The best defense is a good offense.” This adage applies to dental care as well. At Meadvin Dental, we build a solid foundation in preventive dentistry in order to help patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. By keeping teeth whole and healthy for life, patients save time, stress, and money that could be part of more advanced tooth repair or replacement procedures. We recommend patients visit us two times each year in most cases, so if it’s been six months or longer since your last appointment, contact our team to schedule your next visit.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
While we pride ourselves on offering dental care plans as unique as our patients, the most essential part of every treatment plan is visiting the dentist at least two times each year. During these twice a year checkups, we’re able to answer questions, help patients prevent many oral health issues, diagnose and treat potentially detrimental concerns in the earliest stages, and partner with patients to develop an ongoing treatment plan. Each checkup and teeth cleaning at our practice includes:
- Diagnostics – we use state-of-the-art digital x-rays and intraoral photography in order to give the dentist and patients a complete picture the internal and external structures of patients’ smiles allowing for earlier diagnosis and more precise treatment planning.
- Visual examinations – we carefully examine patients’ smiles screening for common oral health concerns including tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and oral cancer.
- Teeth cleanings – our skilled dental hygienists carefully remove plaque and tartar from the most difficult to access parts of patients’ smiles, demonstrate and explain proper at-home hygiene techniques, make product recommendations for daily oral hygiene, and answer any tooth brushing or flossing questions patients have.
- Consultations – each patient sits down face to face with Dr. Jodi Meadvin to review the findings of our evaluation and make a plan for ongoing treatment that meets patients’ unique needs, budget, and smile goals.
Sealants are a fast, effective way of preventing tooth decay and gum disease, two of the most common oral health concerns. As the name suggests, a dental sealant seals out bacteria and plaque preventing teeth from decaying and gum tissue from being irritated by this buildup. We are able to apply dental sealants during any six month checkup for kids who are developing oral hygiene habits and adults who struggle with decay. Once placed, sealants protect teeth for several years.
We love working with patients of all ages, but it’s always a special treat to help young patients build a lifetime of healthy smiles. From the eruption of your child’s first tooth to his or her last, we welcome kids and whole families to visit our team. Our staff has years of experiencing working with children, and we offer a number of treatments to meet young patients’ unique behavioral and oral health care needs.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Patients who experience nighttime teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism, can be completely unaware of this disorder. While this nocturnal habit may seem innocuous, patients who experience bruxism may actually do severe damage to their teeth, soft tissue, or jaw. Some of the common warning signs of bruxism include teeth that look shorter, teeth that chip or crack regularly, frequent morning headaches, and TMJ pain. In most cases, we recommend a custom crafted nightguard that allows the jaw to rest comfortably relieving potential alignment concerns that may lead to the jaw grinding or clenching and protect teeth from wear or damage.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction occurs when the small joints connecting the jawbone to the skull (the TMJ) are damaged or strain. Patients who suffer from TMD may notice a variety of symptoms including jaw, neck, or back pain, headache or earache, inability to fully extend the jaw, and a grinding or clicking sound when the jaw is extended. If patients are diagnosed with TMD, we may recommend a number of treatment options some as simple as stretching the jaw with exercises at home or wearing an occlusal splint at night or as complex as orthodontic alignments or other methods of jaw equilibration.
Developing teeth are strengthened by the ingestion of fluoride from water we drink and foods we eat, but once teeth erupt from the gum line, topical fluoride is necessary to keep the enamel strong and free from weak spots or decay. Many of our patients receive adequate fluoride in toothpastes and mouth rinses, but for others, professional fluoride treatments can be beneficial. These topical fluoride treatments are quickly completed at the end of regular checkups. We apply a thin coat of fluoride, and this single dose continues to strengthen enamel and fight decay between visits in addition to regular brushing and flossing.
Toothpastes & Mouthwashes
Our dentist and dental hygienists are happy to talk to you about your at-home oral hygiene routine. In most cases, patients are able to maintain their oral health with traditional over the counter toothpastes and other hygiene products, but in some situations, we may recommend more advanced at-home care products. Many patients benefit from a professional level of fluoride on a daily or weekly basis, a dry mouth specific mouthwash, or other products we can prescribe.