What is preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry in Gaithersburg is your first line of defense in protecting your oral health against issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Your preventative appointments consist of a thorough cleaning and examination, and it's recommended that you have one of these appointments at least every six months.
What Happens During My Cleaning?
Your hygienist uses special tools to remove the excess plaque buildup from your teeth during your cleaning. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it builds up and hardens into a substance called tartar. It is plaque and tartar that cause conditions like gum disease and cavities in your teeth.
Your cleaning is also an excellent time to ask your hygienist about proper brushing and flossing techniques so you can make the most of your home care routine.
What Happens During My Examination?
During your examination, Dr. Daftary and Dr. Zaner will check the health of each tooth as well as your gums and soft tissues. X-rays are typically recommended once a year so our dentists can see exactly what's happening inside of your mouth.
They will discuss any concerns they see, or treatment needs they may recommend for you at this time. Being proactive about completing your treatment ensures that you get the most effective procedures that are the least invasive.