Dental Cleanings and Exams in Vienna, VA

If you are looking for a new dentist who provides the highest quality dental cleanings and exams with your comfort and dental needs in mind, then Dr. Diane Pham could be the dentist for you. Schedule an appointment today at 703-225-0040.

What are dental cleanings?

Dental teeth cleaning are one of the most common pediatric and general dentistry services performed in a dental office. Dental cleanings are also known as “dental prophylaxis.” Dental cleanings remove plaque, a soft yellow film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth if you do not properly brush and floss. The build-up can occur even with proper brushing and flossing; dental cleanings provide extra, thorough care to your teeth to help prevent and break down build-up. 

Dental plaque can lead to cavities, dental caries, and periodontal disease, which is a disease that affects the gum and bone supporting your teeth. Dr. Pham believes in personalized dentistry and will provide the customized care you deserve. If you are looking for a new dentist in the Vienna, VA, area, call us today at 703-225-0040 to schedule an appointment.

How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned and examined?

The regular checkup schedule varies from patient to patient. The American Academy of Dentistry recommends you schedule dental cleanings and exams every six months to maintain good oral health. Patients who have poor dental health may need cleanings more frequently. During your visit, Dr. Pham will recommend how often you schedule a dental cleaning and exam. 

What do dental cleanings involve? 

Special instruments remove plaque and debris from your teeth at your dental visit. Our hygienist uses dental floss, a pick, a dental scraper, and a special toothbrush to remove plaque from your teeth. The hygienist will also clean the plaque from your crowns and root surfaces. 

The dental hygienist and Dr. Pham will develop a dental plan specific to you. For example, your dental plan may include ultrasonic dental scaling, dental polishing, or other services.

Why are dental exams important?

During dental exams, our hygienist will use mirrors and dental X-rays to evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Our dental hygienist will then check the soft tissue of your gums for any signs of infection or inflammation. Patients with dental diseases, such as dental caries and periodontal disease will need additional services to repair the damage. If you are looking for dental cleanings and exams in Vienna, VA, Capital Esthetics and Family Dentistry has the services you need. Call us today with any dental-related questions at 703-225-0040.

Do I need dental x-rays?

X-rays are often taken to determine if dental problems exist at your visit. For example, x-ray images can detect dental caries, infections, fractured teeth, decay between teeth, dental problems in baby or adult teeth, trauma to the gums, and dental root resorption. In addition, X-rays are taken to identify dental issues and treatments that may be needed.

You may not always need an x-ray. Those with signs of tumors or oral cancer may need x-rays more frequently due to the condition. It is recommended that you only receive x-rays every couple of years as a preventative.

Why do I need to get my teeth professionally cleaned?

We use the safest and latest technology to provide comfortable and thorough cleanings. We want every patient to have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Regular cleaning is an excellent preventative service that fights against decay, cavities, and gum disease. 

Here are some reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned:

  • We use specialized tools to reach the spots routine brushing and flossing cannot.
  • Specialized tools break down plaque build-up and tartar from teeth.
  • Untreated build-up can cause gum disease and periodontal disease.
  • Untreated tooth decay and cavities can lead to tooth loss, and missing teeth will need further procedures for tooth replacement, such as dental implants. 
  • Professional cleanings make your teeth feel extra clean and healthy.
  • Cleanings provide an additional preventative for excellent oral health.

If you are looking for a general dentist who has your comfort and dental health in mind, visit Dr. Pham today!

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Our Capital Esthetics and Family dentistry team are dedicated to the entire family’s oral and dental health. We provide preventive treatments and thorough exams to prevent and identify the disease and other dental issues. Treatment can be highly successful if Dr. Pham can find the dental problems early enough. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your family, call us today at 703-225-0040.