For optimal oral health, we recommend making use of our Alexandria, Va preventive care services every six months. Preventive care has two primary components: The oral exam and teeth cleaning. Both are incredibly important.
The oral exam is crucial because it allows us to put trained eyes on your teeth, mouth, and gums at regular intervals, which affords us the opportunity to track your oral health over time. This, in turn, allows us to spot problems as they begin developing and while they’re still small.
All things being equal, small problems are much cheaper, easier and less painful to fix than big ones, which saves you time, pain and money. All very good things!
Having your teeth cleaned is another essential element in our Alexandria, Va preventive care regimen, primarily because it allows us to keep plaque deposits from building up and spending extended periods of time on your teeth.
Plaque can damage your oral health in three different ways. These are:
- Tooth decay: This is the one most people know about. Tooth decay causes cavities. If we catch the cavity early, it can be fixed via a simple filling. In the absence of regular Alexandria, Va preventive care, it may worsen to the point where a root canal or even an extraction becomes necessary.
- Gum disease: Most people would say that of the two, tooth decay is the bigger problem, but actually it’s gum disease. You wouldn’t think so in the early stages of the condition, because all you’ll feel is a small amount of tenderness and perhaps a few spots of blood when you brush your teeth.
Gum disease is insidious though, and if left unchecked, it will cause your gums to recede, which will expose the tender roots of your teeth. These lack the protective coating of enamel that your teeth have, which makes them much more susceptible to cavities.
Worse, if you still don’t take action to correct the problem, gum disease can lead to bone loss, which will cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out in large number. At that point, you’ve got a major problem on your hands.
- Bad breath: This is a relatively minor problem compared to the other two, but nobody likes bad breath, and the good news is that it’s an incredibly easy problem to fix.
So, the question: How long has it been since your last checkup? If you can’t remember, then you’re almost certainly overdue. We can help with that! Just give our office a call to schedule your appointment and we’ll put you firmly on the path to excellent oral health.
Then, once we’ve attended to your general oral health needs, if you’re not happy with the aesthetic of your smile, we can work with you to map out a cosmetic dentistry plan to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.