Visiting the dentist isn’t something most people think about on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 40% of adults in the United States haven’t had a dentist visit in over a year. To maintain the best dental health, the American Dental Association recommends a regular dental visit every six months. We understand that many people get nervous about visiting the dentist. To help fight those nerves, here is what you can expect on your next regularly scheduled visit:

Checkup
The first part of your regular visit will be the checkup. During this time, your dentist will examine both your teeth and your gums for any potential problems. They will check your teeth for any cavities or spots that may be at risk for developing cavities. They will also look for any plaque buildup that needs to be addressed. After examining your teeth, your dentist will look at your gums to make sure the space between your gums and teeth is in the healthy range.

Cleaning
Following your checkup, your dentist will clean your teeth. They will use specialized tools to clean the tartar buildup that cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing. To finish, your teeth will be polished using a special toothpaste and brush, followed by a thorough flossing.

Don’t wait until something is wrong to visit your dentist in Arlington, VA. Regular visits provide the preventative care that is necessary to avoid major dental problems! Call us today to schedule your visit.