Exams in Annandale, VA

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Frequent dental exams can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
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When was the last time you visited a dentist for a full dental exam? If it’s been too long, but you’re afraid or embarrassed for whatever reason, then it’s time to rethink the importance of your oral health and the impact it has on your overall health. Undetected dental issues can turn into serious health problems that can end up costing more time, money, and stress.

Dental visits are far from scary at Annandale Smiles. our teamLearn more about our team makes sure you’re comfortable from the moment you walk into our office, where we’ll gently clean and examine your teeth, mouth, and gums.

Regular dental exams can help prevent:

  • Cavities and dental decay

  • Gum disease and gingivitis

  • Serious oral complications

Your overall health depends on your oral health, which is why exams and oral cancer screenings at the dentist are such a big deal.

Why Schedule a Dental
Exam?
Here are just a few reasons why you should schedule a dental checkup today.
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Confidence

Maintain a healthy and beautiful smile with frequent exams, or correct existing issues.

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Peace of Mind

Prevention and early detection are keys to the health and longevity of your teeth and gums.

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Overall Health

Your oral health affects so many other parts of your body.

How Dental Exams
Work
Our dentist in Annandale, VA makes checkups easy and pain-free.
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A happy, healthy smile starts with well-maintained teeth and gums. In addition to taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing at home, we recommend a dental exam every six months.

A dental exam with Annandale Smiles in Annandale, VA is a stress-free process:

  • Step 1
    If it’s your first time visiting our office, schedule a dental exam appointment, and we’ll discuss payment options over the phone. We accept many types of dental insurance plans.
  • Step 2
    Come in on your appointment and meet our friendly and inviting staff. Our dental hygienist will first clean your teeth by removing any buildup on and in between teeth, then brush and floss. You can also ask questions and get tips on the best ways to maintain your oral health.
  • Step 3
    We’ll safely and quickly complete an x-ray if needed. Once complete, the dentist will review the x-ray, examine your teeth, gums and bite, and conduct an oral cancer screening by gently checking and feeling under the jaw, checking inside the lips, the tongue and sides, as well as the floor and roof of the mouth.

Once your dental exam is complete, the dentist will provide tips for maintaining oral health or recommended steps to prevent and treat issues such as cavities, gum disease, or cosmetics.

Sit back and relax; we’re a judgment-free zone and are here to answer any questions that you may have. Prevention and early detection are crucial to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile.

Testimonials
Hear what our patients are saying about us.

Henry CluneHenry Clune
05:34 08 Jan 22
Hannah, Cenae, and Nicole are the embodiment of professionalism. They always bring joy to every visit, and I love talking to them after my appointments. On top of those 3 making my reception into the dentists warm and welcome, the dentist's themselves do the best job everytime. My teeth come out cleaner than a baby's bottom and I feel like I have a new mouth leaving the place. I will literally go here until I die. 5/5 would definitely recommend if looking for a new dentist. Best receptionist's ever too.UPDATE:Elizabeth (like the queen) was my hygienist for my most recent visit. Did she do a good job? Is the Pope Catholic? My teeth feel cleaner than a new Lamborghini being unveiled for the first time at an auto show. She always does an amazing job!Still 5/5 would totally recommend for anyone looking for a dentist.
Courtney BCourtney B
00:08 12 Dec 21
Front desk lady and lady who brought me back were cold but my dental hygienist Jimmy was amazing and so kind. He was friendly and made me comfortable to ask questions and get feedback about my dental care. He and Dr. Johnson both gave me confidence in my care and care plan moving forward. I recently moved but will go out of my way to continue going back. They do a great job working with insurance as well. Highly recommend.
Melynda WortendykeMelynda Wortendyke
21:34 07 Dec 21
I had an amazing visit today at Annandale Smiles. It started with a friendly staff who confirmed my information before a very short wait for my appointment. Next, I was taken on a short tour of the facility, where the cleanliness and comfortable decor made me feel at ease. Once in the roommy dental hygienist, Jimmy, explained everything that was going to happen in a very comforting manner. If anyone has a fear of dentist, he’s your man. He did such an excellent job of cleaning my teeth, to the extent that I could feel a difference by the end. Doctor Mike came in and checked me over letting me know that I was in good condition. They answered my questions with authority and even advised on some brands to use for what I was looking for. It was an excellent visit and I would wholeheartedly recommend this office!
Natalie CuzmarNatalie Cuzmar
14:10 15 Oct 21
As a new patient, I loved my experience at Annandale Smiles! The exam rooms were clean and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable! Nancy (the hygienist) explained everything during the cleaning and how to improve my flossing! Dr. Michael and his assistant, Gaby, kept me relaxed and made me feel comfortable during my fillings. Added bonus that they give you a welcome bag with goodies and there’s a ton of free parking! 10/10 would recommend!
Jennifer DeForestJennifer DeForest
11:20 02 Oct 21
I've been coming here for years. Jimmy is one of my favorite hygienist! Careful and thoughtful throughout the entire cleaning process. 💯 Recommended!
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FAQ About Dental
Exams
  • What does a dental exam include?

    A dental exam consists of examining your mouth, including the teeth, gums, tongue, jaw, and neck. After thoroughly cleaning your teeth and gums and completing x-rays, the dentist performs an exam by looking at your x-rays and mouth. Our goal is to make sure you’re staying healthy and maintaining your oral health long-term.

    Besides making sure you’re brushing and flossing correctly, our dentist checks for existing tooth decay issues, gum disease, potential bone loss in the teeth, and jaw and bite alignment. If you have any cavities or crowns, we check to make sure they don’t need to be fixed or replaced.

    Our dentist in Annandale, VA also performs an oral cancer screening at each exam because early detection is vital to your long-term health.

    The dental exam is a pain-free process and preventive health care can stop problems before they arise or worsen. After the exam, we’ll discuss anything of concern and the next steps. Feel free to ask any questions about your teeth and gums; we’re here to help.

  • How long do dental exams take?

    A dental checkup can take up to an hour for our dental hygienist and dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and check your teeth and gums’ health. Each patient is different, so the exact time it takes to complete an exam varies from patient to patient.

  • Does a dental exam hurt?

    Dental exams do not hurt. Our team at Annandale Smiles in Annandale, VA is here to make you feel comfortable from start to finish.

    If you have dental anxiety and are afraid of going to the dentist, please let us know, and we’ll take extra steps to ease your dental fear and stress. Maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, but please don’t worry about starting your visits up again. We don’t judge anyone and are happy to help you maintain a healthy smile (even if that means you’re a little late with your visit).

  • What do dentists do on a first visit?

    On a first visit, our dentist completes a dental exam consisting of checking your teeth and gums, x-rays, and performing an oral cancer screening.

    Before the exam, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth by removing plaque buildup and then brushing and flossing your teeth.

    Don’t be afraid to ask any questions at your first exam. If there’s anything on your mind regarding your oral health, please let us know.

  • Is it bad to not go to the dentist?

    Yes, it’s bad to avoid the dentist.

    Your oral health affects your overall health, so it’s important to schedule regular dentist visits. Neglecting to see a dentist for an exam puts you at risk for tooth and gum disease, including cavities and gingivitis. Undetected tooth and gum damage may be irreversible and may end up costing you more to fix in the long run.

    Dentists also complete cancer screenings of the mouth. By doing so, cancer can be detected early, which is vital to a successful treatment. Additionally, problems in the mouth can affect other parts of your body. A few examples of related diseases include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

    Even if you no longer have natural teeth, it’s important to see a dentist who can check for other dental issues in your mouth. A healthy mouth is important for a healthy, happy body.

    Stay healthy by scheduling a dental exam with Annandale Smiles in Annandale, VA.

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