The Importance Of Regular Dental Visits
posted: May 12, 2021.
Good oral hygiene and regular checkups with your McLean, VA, family dentists, Dr. Fernanda Levine, and Dr. Paul Levine of Levine Family Dentistry, will help you keep your smile healthy. Visiting the family dentistry office every six months offers these important benefits:
Lower cavity and gum disease risk
Plaque, a colorless, sticky film coats your teeth in bacteria. When the bacteria mix with foods that contain carbohydrates or sugar, a chemical reaction occurs in your mouth. This reaction creates acids that eat through your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Although brushing and flossing get rid of plaque, the substance can linger in hard-to-reach places.
Fortunately, dental cleanings are part of every checkup at the McLean dental office. Your dental hygienist uses special tools to remove every speck of plaque from your teeth. Cleanings also get rid of tartar, a hard deposit that forms when plaque remains on your teeth too long. Tartar can irritate your gums, increasing your risk of gum disease.
Prompt identification of cavities and oral health issues
When you visit the dentist every six months, dental issues can be detected when they're still fairly small or minor. During your visit, your dentist will carefully examine your mouth, teeth, and jaws and look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, cracks, wear and tear, and other issues. If any problems are spotted, your dentist will discuss treatment options that will help you protect your smile.
A more attractive smile
Regular dental visits help you improve the appearance of your smile. Dental cleanings remove surface stains and get rid of unsightly tartar on your teeth. If you're unhappy with the way your teeth look, your dentist can recommend a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance your smile, such as:
- Teeth whitening to remove stains that dull teeth
- Crowns to restore damaged teeth, protect fragile teeth, or improve tooth shape, length, or appearance
- Veneers to conceal minor damage and flaws, change the appearance of teeth, or whiten your smile
- Invisalign orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth discreetly
- Bridges, dentures, or dental implants to restore missing teeth
Improve your smile with checkups and other family dentistry services! Call your family dentists in McLean, VA, Dr. Fernanda Levine and Dr. Paul Levine of Levine Family Dentistry, at (703) 356-3960 to schedule your appointment.