Preventive Dentistry in Great Falls, VA
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is the easiest way to prevent future gum and tooth problems. Routine check ups with our hygienist can keep your health on track.
Being proactive is the key to a healthy smile and avoiding serious dental procedures. Brushing and flossing at home, helps get rid of germs and bacteria, but it isn't enough to protect your smile. No matter how great your flossing and brushing are, plaque and tartar buildup still occur.
Why do I need preventative dentistry?
Over time, plaque builds up on your teeth. Brushing and flossing help remove bits of food, germs and bacteria. Removing plaque requires more specialized tools and extra care. If plaque buildup is not removed, it exposes your smile to all sorts of issues, such as:
- Tooth Decay
- Bad Breath
- Bone Loss
- Tooth Loss
- Gum Disease
Be proactive about your oral health; schedule a cleaning at Great Falls Dentistry today!
What to expect during a dental cleaning
Average duration: 45 min - 1.5 hours When you come in for a cleaning, you'll meet with one of our dental hygienists who will first do a thorough exam of your entire mouth to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Then, they remove plaque and calculus from your teeth and gum-line. Our hygienist will then polish your teeth with a toothpaste-like gel, and low-speed rotary brush with a soft rubber tip. Afterwards, your teeth will feel smooth and shiny!
How can I practice good oral hygiene at home?
Want to keep your teeth healthy for years to come? Here are some good habits to pick up:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day
- Floss daily to remove germs and bacteria
- Change out your toothbrush every three months
- Eat less sugary foods
- Don’t snack before bed
- Get professional exams and cleanings regularly
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
- Do self-exams on your mouth to recognize any changes
- Start these habits with your children when they’re young
Great Care. Great Smiles.
Take your next step towards a healthier smile.