Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry
510 N. Washington St, Suite 301, Falls Church, VA 22046

Hygiene in Falls Church, VA

Routine Dental Hygiene from our Falls Church Dentists.

Regular dental hygiene helps improve both your oral and physical health. It’s also essential for an attractive smile. The staff at Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry provide regular dental cleanings and preventive care to keep both your smile and your health glowing. We’ll also offer you tips so that you can practice better oral hygiene at home.

Let our professionals improve the health of your gums and teeth by helping you avoid common problems like tooth decay. Our effective, affordable, and convenient dental hygiene solutions make it easy.

Floss makes gloss.

You may already know that routine brushing after meals and regular cleanings by a professional dental hygienist will keep your smile glowing. You may, however, neglect the third essential ingredient for a healthier mouth. Regular flossing is one of the best ways to protect your teeth and ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Flossing daily prevents plaque from building up between teeth. If left alone, the plaque will harden and turn into tartar, which requires professional removal. By flossing regularly at home, you’ll avoid unnecessary time in the dentist’s chair.

Plaque leads to tartar, which leads to gingivitis.

Once tartar begins to accumulate between teeth, your gum tissue swells and eventually bleeds. At its worst, tartar leads to gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Although brushing removes some plaque, it doesn’t effectively reach between the teeth. To completely rid your teeth of plaque, you need to use dental floss or an interdental cleaner on a daily basis. Either can be an effective method for removing food particles that lead to plaque, tooth decay, and eventually, gum disease.

How to choose your floss. 



Almost all types of floss are effective at removing the food particles that cause plaque. Whether you choose a mint-flavored floss or one that’s coated with wax to make it easier to insert between teeth, the choice is really up to you. The important point is to use whichever floss you choose regularly—preferably at least once a day.

Use of interdental cleaners. 



These plastic or wood devices help remove food debris between teeth. Some have tiny brushes attached. If you prefer an interdental cleaner rather than floss, look for one that is approved by the ADA. The package should display the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Floss before or after brushing?

Either is acceptable. Some people prefer to loosen food debris before brushing. Others brush first and finish with a good flossing. As long as you’re flossing regularly, either way should be effective. Just make sure you do both. Flossing or brushing alone can’t completely eliminate plaque. Your best decay defense is to brush and floss, then follow with a good rinse. The rinse flushes any leftover bacteria from your mouth.

For your health’s sake, never re-use previously used floss. It’s better not to floss at all than to risk transferring discarded food particles and bacteria back onto your teeth.

Best time of day for flossing.

Whether you’re a morning floss person or before-bed type really doesn’t matter as long as you floss regularly. Better still, why not floss both before bed and first thing in the morning to keep your mouth squeaky clean and debris-free?

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I have been going to this practice for many years. Everyone on the staff always treats me as an individual, not as just another mouth to clean and check. I feel like the dental care is top-notch, as […]
Susan J.
Everything went fine. Nicole is great!!
Bushrod W.
From the time I connect with their team. They were fantastic. Thorough and get follow through. Team was professional and hospitable. Dr. Hermann has a good sense of humor and love baseball. They […]
Allan N.
Most would agree that going to the dentist is the worst but at Dr. Herrmann & Desio it was a pleasure. From the friendly front desk staff to the excellent hygienist Niki, who left my teeth super […]
Rosana S.
I am a new patient at Hermann and Desio Dental and as embarassing it is to say this, I haven’t had dental work done in a long time. The whole staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable, […]
Soojin C.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Desio and his associates for the past ten years. They offer great customer service, dental care and the most up to date technology and procedures. I’ve just had my […]
Garrett K.
To go to the dentist here is easy and frankly, fun! I am so relaxed in the care of Donna Maffeo and Dr. Herrmann that I typically take a nap while I’m being worked on. These folks are THAT good and […]
Anonymous
I’ve been a patient of Drs. Herrmann and Desio for over 20 years. They are both caring and gentle professionals, and their office staff is top notch. In my late 50s I decided to try Invisilign. […]
Honora D.
Excellent. all staff members were polite and efficient. Dr. Desio is a great motivator. No other dentist has convinced me that daily flossing is important to my overall health. I think he might have […]
Michael V.
I am a new client, previous dentist retired so I was looking for some local to Falls Church City. Dr. Herrmann and staff provided a welcoming environment and were very professional and honest. After […]
Donald M.
I’ve been coming to see Drs. Hermann and Desio for over 20 years. I continue to make the trip from out of town twice each year, because I know a good thing, when I’ve found it! The entire staff […]
Anonymous
Have been coming here for years and they have always been so friendly. Perfect for families and for an overall wonderful experience.
Melanie N.
Dr Herrmann is a very good and kind doctor . His office is a wonderful place for those who dread the dentist . Friendly people and bright pretty office. I have taken my son here also and referred […]
Debra B.
Very good.
Andrew P.
Highly skilled, professional and compassionate dental care team.
Anonymous
The most thorough dental examination I’ve had. Friendly, professional, and clean.
Thomas R.
I have been a patient of Drrs. Herrmann and Desio for 8 years now and over this time brought my extended family to their practice as well. They and their staff have been consistently thorough and […]
Katherine F.
Nikki, the hygienist, was great and accommodating. Pleasure to see Dr. Hermann again. I wish him a happy retirement. I’ve been seeing him since I was 7. I’m 31 now. Fantastic office and staff.
John A.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Herrmann since the beginning of his dental practice in Falls Church, over twenty years! He handles dental procedures some dentists will not do. I know of no dentist more […]
Robert H.
My wife and I have been coming to Dr. Herrmann since we moved to the area four years ago. We always have a great experience and have never have to sit in the waiting room. Nicole is wonderful […]
Jacob P.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (703) 988-6938
Fax: (703) 237-7489
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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