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As soon as you step into our office, you will realize why so many of our patients have been coming to us for years. No matter how long it has been since your last dental visit, our entire team will do everything possible to make you comfortable. We also offer a full range of dental services, so we will be able to provide you with the treatment that you need to get your oral health back on track.
If it’s been a long time since your last dental appointment, you might be wondering what to expect from a dental exam in Falls Church. During your dental exam, our dentist will check your mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of the following:
- dental decay or infection;
- worn teeth or damaged tooth enamel caused by teeth grinding;
- receding gums and other signs of periodontal disease;
- bone loss caused by gum disease or other conditions; and
- oral cancer.
Following your exam, your dentist will discuss any areas of concern with you and help you find the best treatment plan for your needs and budget.
We know many of our patients are concerned about the cost of a dental exam in Falls Church. The extent of your insurance coverage and the type of treatments needed will determine your final cost. We do accept most major dental insurance plans, and most plans cover a substantial portion of the cost of exams and other preventative services. If you need help managing out-of-pocket expenses, we also offer flexible financing and payment options for qualified patients.
Why Should I See a Dentist for a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Even if you brush and floss daily, you should still see a dentist at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning. Every time you eat and drink, a bacterial film called plaque coats your teeth. An oral hygiene regimen of daily brushing and flossing removes most of the plaque; however, it is common for some of it to remain behind in hard-to-reach areas. Eventually, the plaque hardens into a material called calculus. The bacteria in calculus damages the tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities. The bacteria can also get under the gumline to cause infections or gum disease. The only way to get rid of hardened plaque is with a thorough professional dental cleaning. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, call today to schedule an appointment.
Am I a Candidate for Gum Disease Treatment?
Most adults have some level of gum disease. The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Common symptoms include gums that are red, swollen, sensitive, or bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If not treated, gingivitis can advance to the point that the disease weakens the bones and ligaments that hold the teeth in place, which can allow the teeth to shift or even fall out. If you notice changes in your gums or in the way your teeth come together, give us a call right away. Our dentists can recommend a treatment regimen to improve your gum health and prevent gum disease complications.
Are There Effective Remedies for Halitosis?
Bad breath is a common yet embarrassing problem. Approximately one-quarter of Americans suffer from an extreme and chronic form of bad breath known as halitosis. Chronic bad breath can negatively affect your self-confidence and even your social or professional life. Although foods, beverages, and smoking are common causes of bad breath, it can also be a sign of a serious oral health condition or a lack of oral hygiene. If you are tired of trying to mask your bad breath with over-the-counter remedies, call our office. Our dentists can determine if your bad breath is caused by an oral health condition and recommend treatments ranging from professional cleanings to a personalized at-home oral hygiene regimen.
What Should I Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer is highly treatable if caught early. Unfortunately, the disease is normally advanced and life-threatening by the time most people notice any symptoms. Oral cancer screenings are quick and painless and are the best way to detect the cancer in the early stages when there is the best chance for a successful treatment. We encourage anyone over the age of 18 to have periodic oral cancer screenings. Our dentist will perform a screening during your initial visit by inspecting the inside of your mouth for any discolorations, lesions, or other abnormalities. If our dentist identifies a potential issue, we will make sure that you get the necessary follow-up testing and treatment.
Where Can I Find an Experienced Dentist to Perform a Dental Exam or Periodontal Treatment?
There is no time like the present to make your oral health a priority. Our team of skilled dental professionals is ready to help you improve the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. Call today to schedule your dental exam.