We all know that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth looking clean and shiny, but did you know that it’s also essential to your overall health? It’s true: poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as periodontal (gum) disease, infection, heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.

An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of dental plaque and tartar on a regular basis in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. That’s why dentists recommend that teeth be professionally cleaned at least twice a year. The frequency of your cleaning visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. In addition to your teeth cleaning, we will update your medical history, examine your teeth for cavities, review your oral hygiene home care, and monitor your periodontal condition. Fluoride treatments may also be provided depending on your age and dental conditions. The average dental cleaning is a routine procedure that is rarely painful and takes 40 to 50 minutes.

At Northern Virginia Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we specialize in and frequently perform a variety of dental cleaning procedures, from your child’s first dental visit to periodontal deep scaling and root planing.

If you have any questions about Dental Hygiene, call us at 703-978-5660 or make an appointment online.