Preventive Dentistry for Camp Hill Families
When it comes to oral health, our top priority is always to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy. With regular preventive dental care visits in our Camp Hill dentistry practice and thorough at-home hygiene, more of our patients than ever before keep their whole, natural smiles for life. Whether it’s been six years or six months since your last dental checkup, we hope you’ll contact Rina Singh, DDS and her dedicated team to schedule an appointment in our comfortable, state-of-the-art Camp Hill, PA dental practice.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
We are especially proud of our hygiene program. Our emphasis is on providing first-class service in a relaxing atmosphere. You will never feel rushed. Our hygienists, Jen and Sandee, take the time to discuss any dental concerns you may have, point out any problem areas they see, and make recommendations regarding the care of your mouth. Since they have many years of experience working with their patients, they can make those recommendations with a personal knowledge of each patient’s unique circumstances.
At each recall visit, your mouth will be checked thoroughly by Dr. Singh or Dr. Maynard and your hygienist for tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, as well as any other conditions that may adversely affect your dental or overall health.
This examination may include digital x-rays for early detection of hidden problems such as damage to your jaw bone, cavities between your teeth, or the presence of abscesses.
In addition, once a year we will carefully measure, on each tooth, the depth of the space between your teeth and gums. This is done to check for gum disease and is especially important since the early detection of gum disease is vital to successful treatment. To learn more about gum disease and its treatment, visit our periodontal disease treatment page.
We feel that the quality of our hygiene program and the expertise of our hygienists is unrivaled. It is not uncommon to have new patients remark that they have never experienced such a thorough, yet gentle, hygiene visit.
One of the easiest ways to protect teeth from tooth decay is applying dental sealants as part of preventive dentistry services from Rina Singh, DDS and her Camp Hill dental team. Sealants create a clear, plastic coat over teeth that keeps decay-causing bacteria from accessing the tooth enamel, weakening dental structure and allowing decay. With one quick, painless application, dental sealants protect smiles for years. Sealants are a great option for younger patients who are still learning good hygiene skills and adult patients who are at greater risk for decay.
Patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or bruxism, unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, may experience these two common oral health concerns for a variety of different reasons. However, both of these issues may be treated with the same solution – comfortable, custom-crafted oral appliances. These nightguards are created to allow the jaw to rest comfortably and create a barrier between teeth to prevent potential damage. Worn nightly, patients typically notice significant relief from TMJ pain within just a few days in addition to preventing potential damage to patients’ smiles.
The leading cause of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25 is sports-related traumatic injury. That’s why it’s essential for patients who participate in sports where their smiles may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or athletic equipment to wear a protective mouthguard during every sporting event. There are a number of store bought appliances available, but the custom crafted sportsguards from our office provide greater protection for patients’ smiles and improved comfort.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer claims one life every hour on average in the US alone, and of those diagnosed this year, only 50% will live an additional five years beyond diagnosis. Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation suggests that the best way to decrease the number of deaths attributed to oral cancer is to diagnose and treat the disease in its earliest stages. At the Camp Hill dental practice of Rina Singh, DDS, that means taking the time to carefully examine each patients’ smile for oral cancer as part of each six month dental checkup. While smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking excessively, and other risk factors increase patients’ susceptibility to oral cancer, 25% or more of those patients diagnosed do not engage in any of the high risk behaviors associated with oral cancer.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health concerns in the US, and it effects more than 50% of adults over the age of 30. Regular cleanings and thorough at-home hygiene are essential to preventive gum disease, and we also offer more advanced treatments when necessary including scaling and root planing.