Good oral hygiene is extremely important throughout your life. Having a daily brushing and flossing routine at home and scheduling regular check-ups with the team at Reyes Dental Group in Lorton is key for preventive dental care.
Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
According to the American Dental Association visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up and professional teeth cleaning is very important. If it’s been more than six months since your last visit, please contact our team. By taking control of your dental journey and preventing problems before they become costly issues, you will actually spend less time at the dentist!
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
Dr. Reyes will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease and decay. The team may also take digital or traditional X-rays of your teeth so Dr. Reyes can understand the health of your teeth under the surface of your teeth and gums that are not visible to the naked eye.
Professional Dental Cleanings
The experienced dental hygienists at Reyes Dental Practice will examine your teeth and determine if you have any cavities and check on any existing fillings. The hygienist will also provide a periodontal exam to make sure your gums are healthy, and then clean and floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Although cleanings aren’t painful, if you have anxiety about it, let your hygienist know — they will work to make it as comfortable as possible.
How to Prevent Dental Problems
Avoid painful dental complications by taking simple steps to take care of your teeth.
Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush the top of your tongue gently to remove plaque-causing food particles which also helps to maintain fresh breath.
Floss Your Teeth
Ideally, you should floss between your teeth after every meal, but even once a day will help to remove food particles and plaque.
Gargling mouthwash helps to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Have a Healthy Diet
A diet that’s balanced and nutricious and low in sugar helps keep your teeth and mouth healthy.