Dental Checkups And Cleanings – Falls Church, VA
Keeping Your Smile Healthy For Life
At Purple Plum Dentistry, we know that life can be hectic. But while it seems like routine dental care just takes time out of your busy schedule, the truth is that it actually saves you a lot of time and money in the dental chair later on. By seeing Dr. Kiani every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning, you can maintain a healthy smile and minimize problems like cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. And, especially since most patients only need to come in twice a year, it’s well worth the effort. If you’d like to be proactive about your oral health, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Why Do You Need Checkups and Cleanings?
The answer to this question can be summed up in one word: prevention. With well over 10 years of experience as a dentist, Dr. Kiani has found that patients who come in to see us for routine care simply need less major dental work in the long-run. When we can keep a close eye on your teeth and gums, we’re able to catch problems early and recommend treatment when it’s easier and less expensive. This prevents small problems from becoming big problems.
This is also why dental insurance typically covers checkups and cleanings at 100% - they know these visits mean less costly dental work to cover later on!
What Can You Expect From a Checkup?
During your checkup, Dr. Kiani will be looking at your teeth, gums, and soft tissues to make sure everything is healthy. But first, we’ll review your medical history and take diagnostic images like digital X-rays as needed (typically once per year).
We’ll also perform a simple gum exam once a year to catch any signs of gum disease as early as possible. This common condition is the leading cause of tooth loss and also puts you at higher risk for many serious health problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even some cancers. If we see any signs of gum trouble, we’ll recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include a special type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Then Dr. Kiani will come in and ask about any concerns you may have. She’ll review your X-rays and/or gum exam and do a simple oral cancer screening that takes just minutes. Finally, she’ll evaluate you for sleep apnea and TMJ disorder before looking closely at your teeth and existing dental work. If you have any further treatment needs, she’ll discuss her recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
What Can You Expect From a Cleaning?
We want to make sure you’re comfortable throughout your dental cleaning, so before we begin, we’ll ask if you have any concerns or special requests. Then we’ll use various dental tools to gently but thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and under your gumline. Finally, we’ll polish and floss and give you tips for your oral hygiene routine at home to help you maintain everything between visits.