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The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

Practicing preventive dental care is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy smile. Daily oral hygiene and biannual dental visits can help improve the appearance, health, and function of your smile. A proper daily oral hygiene routine only takes 5- 10 minute a day and offers a multitude of benefits. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Do I need preventive dental care?

Yes, everyone needs preventive dental care. Even patients with healthy smiles need to practice preventive dental care. It is especially important for children because it helps them establish healthy dental habits from a young age. Setting the foundation for a healthy smile from a young age can help children make more informed oral health choices as they age. Preventive dental care can also benefit adults. Adults who practice all preventive dental care are less likely to lose teeth due to gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventive Dental Care Visits

Daily oral hygiene is not enough to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Patients will need to visit the dentist on a regular basis to ensure they are not at risk for complex dental problems.

Professional Dental Cleaning: A professional dental cleaning is a deep cleaning that effectively removes plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth.  Daily brushing and flossing cannot remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, so it is important that patients visit the dentist for routine cleanings.

Dental Examination: During a dental exam examination, Dr. Cobb will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the teeth, gums, joints, and muscles. The goal of a dental examination is to identify and address any oral health issues. Dr. Cobb can recommend the appropriate treatment to restore health and function to the teeth.

What to expect during a dental exam:

  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Periodontal screening for gum disease
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Bite analysis and review of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
  • Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
  • 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning

Schedule A Dental Exam

Dr. Andrew Cobb is an experienced, trusted dentist in Washington, DC. Dr. Cobb focuses on helping patients achieve excellent oral health through advanced testing, state of the technology, and personalized dental care. To schedule a dental exam, call (202) 455-0901 or request an appointment online.