Preventive dentistry, such as six-month teeth cleanings and oral exams, is essential for a healthy mouth that’s free of cavities, gum disease, and other common dental issues. If you’re overdue for a consultation, Washington Metro Dental is here to help. Contact us to book an appointment, and get a consultation with one of our dentists in Washington, DC.
Teeth Cleanings & Oral Exams
Teeth cleanings and oral exams form the “core” of preventive dentistry. Routine appointments every six months at our office ensure your mouth stays healthy by helping us catch issues early, such as gum disease and cavities.
Your treatment will begin with a thorough cleaning by one of our hygienists, who will remove any plaque and tartar buildup, buff and polish your teeth, then floss them to remove any debris. Your dentist will then perform a comprehensive oral exam and take x-rays to look for any hidden oral health issues. Lastly, you’ll go over your dentist’s findings as well as any questions you may have. From there, you can schedule a follow-up (if necessary), and head home with a healthy, bright smile!
Fluoride treatments use a fluoride-rich liquid, which is applied generously to your teeth, typically following teeth cleaning. The fluoride in the liquid helps attract phosphates and calcium to your teeth, “remineralizing” and strengthening them. This helps prevent cavities and can even help reverse “soft spots,” the first stage of tooth decay.
Dental sealants are a powerful way to protect yourself from cavities. Your dentist will apply a clear protective layer to the back molars, forming a protective barrier that stops acid, food particles, and bacteria from contacting your enamel directly. Sealants protect the deep crevices and hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and can last for up to 10 years.
Gum disease affects more than half of all adults in America, and it can lead to permanent tooth loss if left untreated. At Washington Metro Dental, we provide advanced periodontal care such as deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to help control or even reverse the spread of gum disease in your mouth. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, red gums or bleeding gums when you brush. Contact our team today to get the periodontal care you need for a healthy mouth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
We offer oral cancer screenings as part of every routine dental appointment. While oral cancer is rare, it can be very hard to spot unless a dentist notices the signs of the condition before it spreads throughout the body. Using advanced tools and techniques, our doctors will ensure that your mouth is completely healthy and cancer-free. And, in the rare event we notice an issue, we’ll refer you to a specialist to get further diagnosis and care, providing you with peace of mind.
Comfortable, Customized Dental Care
At Washington Metro Dental, every patient matters. We’ll take the time to get to know your individual dental needs and goals while helping you feel comfortable throughout your visit. From this information, our team can help you know how to care for your smile and provide the best recommendations for dental care.