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’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.
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.
As always, Dr Herrmann and his team (especially Theresa) were on time, informative, and gentle — which is amazing, considering there were two new crowns to install and two sets of impressions […]
Margaret I.
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 […]
Anonymous
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.
As always Dr. Henry Herrmann and staff were kind, gentle and efficient.
Ellen M.
I highly recommend Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry. Nicole has been my hygienist for several years, and she is fantastic! She’s very thorough, careful, and most of all friendly and so […]
Matthew S.
My experience at the office was excellent, the staff was very friendly and prompt. I will definitely recommend Drs. Herrmann & Desio to all of my friends and family.
Yailemys T.
This was my first appointment with Dr. desio and I was very happy with his exam and overall care. He was thorough, knowledgeable and had excellent manners. The cleaning I received was the best one […]
Michael 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.
Every member of this office has the best bedside manner and service I’ve encountered at a dental office. Because of a job change that prompted an insurance change, we had to leave the practice […]
Shannon D.
Excellent practice!! The Dr and all of the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I’ve referred my friends and family.
Rachel D.
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.
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 […]
Anonymous
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.
My experience was excellent as always.I got 2 for 1 a wonderful cleaning and a wonderful filling that I didn’t have to get any shots and both one trip. Thanks so much, Betty White
Betty W.
Very satisfied with my visit and the staff
Ryan S.
Fantastic office! From the friendly hygienists to the most knowledgeable staff, my family and I appreciate them making it so enjoyable!!
Richard C.
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.
Have been coming here for years and they have always been so friendly. Perfect for families and for an overall wonderful experience.
Melanie N.
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Mon. – 7:30 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
Phone: (703) 988-6938
Fax: (703) 237-7489
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  • 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
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