A person’s oral health speaks a lot about their overall health. It is recommended that every individual should visit a dentist for a routine dental checkup at least once in six months. This allows the dentist to conduct various dental examinations and check for the onset of any oral infections.
Optimum oral hygiene
Maintaining optimum oral hygiene can keep several oral infections and diseases at bay. Patients can keep their oral cavities clean by brushing and flossing regularly, which neutralizes the majority of the microbes in the mouth. However, professional cleaning by the dentist does more than just routine brushing and flossing.
The dentist conducts an initial oral exam, where the teeth, gums, and the other soft tissues of the mouth are screened visually. Signs of infections such as sores, redness, bleeding, discharge of pus, lumps, etc. are attended to. The dentist conducts a professional cleaning of the teeth and gums, which include two procedures, namely scaling and root planing.
Scaling allows the dentist to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth, whereas root planing is carried out to remove tartar deposits and smoothen the tooth roots. These procedures significantly reduce the risk of gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, and also improve the aesthetics of the teeth. Dentists recommend deep cleaning at least once in six months to ensure optimum oral health.
Oral X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that allows dentists to examine the underlying bone and soft tissues of the mouth. They help to check for cracks, the formation of cysts, jawbone deterioration, underlying cavities, and infected tissues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. We have some of the best X-ray equipment that is absolutely safe and comfortable for patients. They are highly effective and pick up minute details that other equipment usually fails to do.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (703) 461-3000 to have a consultation with our dentists, and we will be happy to help.