Teeth Cleaning & Check-Up Specialist

Fairfax Corner Dental

Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

The American Dental Association recommends regular dental checkups at least once or twice a year for healthy teeth. Dr. Chang Yi and Dr. Negar Tehrani work diligently to make sure your teeth stay healthy. If you live in the Fairfax, Virginia area, make an appointment at Fairfax Corner Dental by calling or using the online booking option.

Teeth Cleaning & Check-Up Q & A

Fairfax Corner Dental

How often should I go to the dentist?

Generally, dentists recommend regular cleanings and exams twice per year, and many dental insurance plans cover bi-annual visits.

Your dentist may recommend more visits per year in any of the following circumstances:

  • You have poor dental hygiene habits
  • You smoke
  • You have gum disease
  • Your teeth show signs of tooth decay
  • Tartar and plaque build up on your teeth quickly
  • You’re pregnant
  • You have a medical condition that affects your dental health (i.e. diabetes) or immune system

What happens during routine dental appointments?

Before your appointment, you fill out a form about your past and current medical history. You also provide a list of your current medications and allergies.

Then, you go back to an exam room for an oral exam and teeth cleaning.

Exam

Your dentist at Fairfax Corner Dental performs an oral exam, checking for cavities and scanning for signs of oral cancer. They use several instruments to get a better look at your teeth such as a mirror and probe.

Your dentist may order X-rays every so often, typically at alternating appointments. The X-rays reveal what’s going on under your gum line and help your dentist identify cavities, fractures, or other issues.

Teeth cleaning

To clean your teeth, your dental hygienist uses specialized instruments to scrape off the tartar and plaque. Then, they use an electric polishing brush to clean your teeth thoroughly and remove stains.

If you have extensive buildup on your teeth, you may need a deeper cleaning. Root scaling and planing may be necessary to remove plaque and tartar on teeth that haven’t received optimal care.

What are the benefits of teeth cleanings and dental exams?

Dental exams and professional teeth cleanings are mostly preventive. They help keep your teeth healthy and prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

Routine dentist appointments also:

  • Brighten your smile  
  • Help prevent gum disease, decay, and tooth loss
  • Identify problems you may not be able to feel or notice
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Help prevent premature birth

To schedule your routine dental care, call Fairfax Corner Dental or book an appointment online.