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Why Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings are Important

What is a Dental Exam?


A dental exam is a detailed evaluation of a patient’s teeth and gums, which is performed by a

dentist. Specifically, the dentist checks for any signs of tooth decay, tooth damage, gum

disease, and oral cancer. He or she may also need dental X-rays to further understand the

patient’s current oral health. X-rays uncover underlying issues such as decay, periodontal

disease, and teeth development. Overall, patients are recommended to maintain dental exams as a preventative method.


What is a Dental Exam?


A dental exam identifies oral issues early on. Being proactive avoids complications and prevents extensive dental work. For example, detecting and treating a small cavity is better than waiting for an infection to occur which may result in a root canal treatment. During a dental exam, cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer are evaluated. If issues are present, the dentist will recommend your best treatment options. If no issues are present or treatments can wait, a dental cleaning is usually followed.


What is a Dental Exam?


Dental cleaning is a process completed by a dentist or dental hygienist to attain maximum oral health. The cleaning eliminates dental plaque, tartar, and surface stains. This preventive treatment maintains healthy teeth and gums by preventing decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.Of course, regular tooth brushing and flossing are needed for dental hygiene. However, routine dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from difficult to reach areas. Thus, it is important to visit the dentist for routine dental cleanings. We recommend having a dental cleaning every six months for dental preventive care. Some patients may need dental cleanings every 3 to 4 months if they are at higher risk of dental issues such as decay and periodontal disease.



Why Should I Maintain Dental Cleaning Appointments?


  • Cavity Prevention - Plaque and tartar removal prevents tooth decay which often leads to infection and tooth loss.

  • Gum Disease Prevention - Gum disease has been linked to health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, infertility, kidney and lung infections. Thus, preventing the disease is beneficial for your overall health.

  • Improve Appearance - Regular dental cleanings improve your smile appearance, freshens your breath, and brightens your teeth by getting rid of surface stains.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great investment to restore your smile, oral health and self-confidence. Their longevity and natural looking results make them the perfect choice for teeth replacement. Learn if dental implants are right for you with an exam and consultation. Our experienced team at Liberia Dental Care is ready to assist you. Call 703-969-5774 or book an appointment online. Our office welcomes new patients and accepts most insurances.

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