While good at-home oral habits are important to maintaining your teeth and gums, regular dental cleanings and exams are a crucial part of caring for your smile. Only our dentists have the tools and expertise to fully care for and preserve your smile. For patients with no pre-existing conditions or signs of gum disease, our experts recommend you schedule a dental checkup appointment every 6 months. If you suffer from periodontal disease, we generally recommend you schedule a dental cleaning every 3-4 months. Plus, most dental insurances will cover most if not all of your visit, so you may have no out of pocket cost. Call our office in Alexandria, VA or contact us online to schedule your next visit today!
Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams
Bi-annual dental checkups and teeth cleanings are a critical part of ensuring your smile will last a lifetime. Even if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, it is still not enough to remove the layer of plaque (a sticky, bacteria-rich film) and hardened deposits of calculus (tartar). If not professionally cleaned away, these deposits can eat away at your teeth and gums and cause dental caries (cavities) and lead to other oral diseases and costly treatments. Only our experienced hygienists have the training and specially designed tools to remove this harmful buildup.
Benefits of Dental Checkups
- Catches decay and diseases early, which makes problems easier to treat and saves you money
- Removing plaque and tartar buildup during a teeth cleaning can eliminate stains and whiten your smile
- Helps prevent oral infections
- Removes bacteria that causes bad breath
- Screens for oral cancer
Our Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings Services
Your dental checkup should take around an hour from start to finish. Our dentists will begin with a thorough examination of your gums and teeth. They will check for signs of decay, infection, periodontal disease, and oral cancer among other things. They will also take x-rays, so we can check on what’s happening below the surface for things we might miss otherwise. If anything is found, our dentists will work with you to craft a customized treatment plan.
After your oral health examination, our dental hygienists will get to work on professionally cleaning your teeth. While you sit comfortably, our team will use precise dental tools to remove harmful plaque and tartar on your teeth and under your gums. Once this destructive layer has been scrubbed away, we’ll expertly floss between your teeth. Finally, as part of your teeth cleaning, we will polish your teeth making them look shinier and whiter. We can also apply a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth between your dental checkup appointments.
We are Fully Invested in Your Dental Care
Here at Alexandria Dentistry, ensuring you are comfortable while we clean your teeth and gums is our top priority. We are going to do everything we can to make sure that you feel relaxed and stress-free, so you are not afraid to come back for your next visit. We also have invested our time in learning the latest techniques and use state-of-the-art tools to help safeguard your smiling for years to come.
Ready for a Healthier Smile?
With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Lyazidi and Dr. Salameh and the rest of our team at Alexandria Dentistry have become one of the leading practices in Virginia for expert oral care. We pride ourselves in creating a world-class facility that is dedicated to caring for our patient’s smiles. Contact us online or contact our office in Alexandria today and discover why so many people trust us with their smiles!