Preventive Dentistry– Falls Church, VA
We Can Help You Achieve a Lifelong Smile
Every smile deserves an enduring foundation of preventive care, particularly professional checkups and a dedicated oral hygiene routine at home. At Purple Plum Dentistry, we want to help our patients develop these routines in lasting, fulfilling ways. By visiting with you at regular intervals, we can assess your current oral health, pinpoint potential problems at their earliest stages, and provide friendly education that helps you better understand your own wellbeing. Don’t hesitate to contact us in Falls Church, VA if you would like to schedule a first appointment with Dr. Kiani, or if you have any questions.
Checkups & Cleanings
It’s important to keep in mind that while brushing and flossing at home is extremely important, it’s not a full-proof safeguard against every imaginable dental problem. You also need the ongoing support of a trusted dental team who will provide comprehensive checkups and revitalizing cleanings at regular intervals. Dr. Kiani strongly recommends that patients of all ages plan to attend these types of appointments twice each calendar year. She and the rest of our team will become well-acquainted with your unique smile, treating concerns as soon as they appear and removing harmful plaque and tartar from the oral surfaces.
What many people don’t realize is that the back teeth (also known as the premolars and molars) are the teeth that are most vulnerable to decay over time, especially in children. This is because of several reasons – these teeth are used for chewing food, they’re hard to reach when brushing and flossing, and they contain deep pits and grooves that infectious bacteria like to cling to.
At Purple Plum Dentistry, our team will likely recommend dental sealants as a simple and helpful deterrent against cavities. The sealant is directly attached to the tooth’s chewing surfaces and hardened so that it works like a barrier, blocking out debris from causing harm.
Just like helmets and elbow pads, athletic mouthguards should be an essential part of any athlete’s wardrobe, especially if they participate in football, hockey, basketball, baseball, or other sports that contain physical contact with objects and other players. Dr. Kiani can design a custom-made appliance that provides the ideal fit for each patient’s unique mouth. You or your child will be capable of breathing easily and even speaking clearly when the mouthguard is in use, which is a big step above “one size fits all” appliances.
Nightguards for Bruxism
You probably know the term “bruxism” by its simpler definition – teeth grinding. Patients of all ages struggle with this damaging habit on a regular basis, and many don’t even realize what’s happening at first because they only experience it while sleeping. If you are experiencing jaw pain and headaches, please let Dr. Kiani know so that she can assess your smile’s condition for other tell-tale signs. A custom-made nightguard from Purple Plum Dentistry can help protect the teeth and minimize any damaging contact as patients rest easy until morning.
Oral Cancer Screenings
While oral cancer typically occurs in patients who regularly use tobacco products, many people don’t realize that 25% of diagnosed cases a year occur in people who exhibited no risk factors beforehand. That’s why regular screenings are so crucial for your ongoing health and safety! Thankfully, our team can lend a helping hand. We’ve integrated oral cancer screenings into our dental checkups and will thoroughly scan the oral tissue for any concerning signs of abnormalities, alerting patients at the earliest possible sightings. Early intervention could save not only your smile, but your life as well!
Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s all around us – in the foods we eat, the oral hygiene products we use, and even in most community water supplies. This is because years and years of research have demonstrated a clear link between safe exposure to fluoride and healthier, stronger teeth that are less prone to cavities. Here in Falls Church, our team offers quick and comfortable fluoride applications for patients who may not be reaping these benefits in full throughout everyday life. The process only takes a few minutes, and it can be completed during regular checkups and cleanings.
Dr. Kiani enjoys providing comprehensive care to the entire family, including your littlest loved ones! Our friendly team does a great job of helping children feel warmly welcomed, comfortable, and right at home during each visit. We’ll be sure to match our diagnostic approach to their current age and emotional maturity, providing gentle checkups, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, tooth-colored fillings, and other personalized services as needed. Our goal is to plant the seeds for lifelong oral health from a young age!
Gum Disease Treatment
Do your gums regularly bleed when brushing and flossing? Does the tissue look very red and puffy on a regular basis? We encourage patients not to turn a blind eye to these symptoms, as they could indicate periodontal (gum) disease. Here in Falls Church, our in-house periodontist Dr. Prokopets can help you overcome this dangerous infection in its earliest stages through the use of dedicated therapy techniques.