Dental Cleanings & Exams in Gaithersburg MD
At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we take a preventive approach to dentistry because we believe avoiding dental conditions is the best way to protect your smile.
We encourage our patients to follow a routine schedule for dental exams, professional dental cleanings, and x-rays so we can closely monitor your oral health and alert you at the first sign of a problem.
We will recommend dental visits based on your needs. For many patients, every six months will be enough. But if you have some catching up to do or we are treating gum disease, we may recommend three or four visits per year to keep you healthy.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
A comprehensive exam with Dr. Daftary or Dr. Zaner allows our dentists to look for any changes in your oral health.
Some of the conditions we look for include:
- Cracked teeth
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
- Wear or damage
They will also provide an oral cancer screening at each appointment. Oral cancer is often first detected by your dentist and, when detected early, allows for the best outcomes.
Customized Dental Cleanings
Every one of our patients is unique and special!
It makes sense that not everyone needs the same type of dental cleaning. We offer dental cleanings for patients with generally good oral health as well as for patients who have some catching up to do.
For patients suffering from gum disease, we will design a preventive schedule to help you get healthy and stay healthy.
Each dental cleaning will remove the tartar from your teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, tartar can collect between your teeth and beneath your gumline.
We will also polish your teeth, removing any tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and the surface stains that come from drinking coffee, red wine, or tea.
If you are struggling with gum disease, we may also apply a localized antibiotic medication to assist with healing and recommend more frequent visits until you heal.
Diagnostic Digital Dental X-Rays
We use digital dental x-rays, which are up to 80 percent lower in radiation than traditional film x-rays, making them extremely safe for patients. Digital x-rays provide high-resolution images that our dentists use in accurate diagnoses.
We look for such conditions as:
- Dental decay
- Cracked roots
- Cysts or tumors
- Bone levels
Dental x-rays are still one of the best ways to diagnose dental conditions that are not always visible with the eye alone.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
Regular preventive dentistry is the best insurance to protect your smile and your health. If it is time (or past time) for your next exam, give us a call at our Gaithersburg, MD dental office. We are always happy to help patients get on track with good oral health.