Our preventive dentistry is designed to stave off potential dental issues and keep your smile healthy. Additionally, preventive dentistry may save you money in the long run by spotting potential dental problems early, which saves on costly treatments.
Dr. Caitlin Hulver, your Fairfax dentist, follows best practices put forward by the American Dental Association, which include:
- Twice-yearly dental exams
- X-rays as needed
- Twice-yearly professional teeth cleanings
If you have specific dental health problems, Dr. Hulver may recommend a more customized schedule to address your oral health issues. At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we tailor our treatments to meet your needs through every stage of life.
Preventive Dentistry Services
Preventive dentistry is proactive dentistry, which is why visiting your dental office regularly for exams and teeth cleanings is so important. We want to catch a small cavity before it becomes a large cavity that may compromise the future of your tooth. We want to spot gingivitis—which is reversible—before it turns into periodontal disease. Our goal is always the long-term health of your smile.
During your exam, Dr. Hulver provides a cancer screening, looks for oral changes, and takes periodic x-rays. Our digital x-rays can spot dental health issues lurking beneath the surface.
Your preventive exam also dictates your general dentistry treatments going forward. Do you need a tooth-colored filling, for example? Are you prone to cavities? Should you have a fluoride treatment?
Preventive services designed to keep your smile intact include fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help protect and strengthen your teeth against cavities.
Your twice-yearly teeth cleaning rids your teeth of stubborn tartar and the bacteria that may lead to cavities, root infections, and periodontal disease. Our hygienist clears away what your toothbrush cannot.
At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we also like to educate our patients about their oral health, and we always welcome your questions.
Preventive Dentistry is a Collaborative Effort
While visiting your dentist is crucial to long term oral health, it is also essential to adopt an excellent oral care routine at home and a few good practices.
You should brush and floss at least twice per day, and always contact your dentist if you notice tooth sensitivity that does not go away.
It is also essential to brush and floss correctly and to use the right toothbrush. Our hygienist can help you make the best choices for your oral care.
If you clench and grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a nightguard to protect your enamel from wear and potential tooth breakage.
If you play sports, always wear the proper face gear or a mouthguard to protect your smile from impact trauma.
Also, never use your teeth for anything other than eating—as a tool to open a bottle, for example.
Have You Scheduled Your Preventive Dental Exam?
If you’re looking for quality preventive dentistry in a friendly setting, we encourage you to contact our dental office to schedule an appointment.