Preventative Care Specialist

West End Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Downtown, DC and Foggy Bottom, DC, Washington, DC

Undergoing preventive care like oral exams and professional cleanings is one of the easiest ways to lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team provide a comprehensive suite of preventive care, including check-ups, digital X-rays, periodontal maintenance, and more. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.

Preventative Care Q&A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care uses comprehensive exams and screenings to detect and prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Many of these issues prevent very few symptoms early on, so you might be at risk and not even realize it. 

Preemptive measures like routine oral exams and cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy. Because your oral and physical health are intertwined, these practices can also lower your risk of chronic problems like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. 

What does preventive care include?

The team at West End Dental provides a variety of preventive care measures, including:

Professional cleanings

Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, it’s important to undergo a professional cleaning every six months. During a cleaning, your West End Dental provider uses a handheld tool called a scaler to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and from underneath your gum line. 

After cleaning your teeth, your provider flosses and polishes them with a gritty toothpaste. If necessary, the team might also apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect your tooth enamel. 

Oral exams and check-ups

During an oral exam, your provider uses a handheld mirror to observe your teeth and gums. They look for signs of inflammation or infection that could point to periodontal disease or oral cancer. 

Your provider also asks you questions about your oral hygiene habits and if you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms. Make sure to answer these questions honestly. 

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays provide detailed images of your tooth roots, as well as the bones and joints that allow you to bite and chew. X-rays can detect bone decay, cavities, or gum disease early on, allowing for prompt intervention and treatment. 

Periodontal maintenance

Gum disease is a common problem that affects people of all ages. Periodontal maintenance provides a safe and effective way to stop the infection from getting worse, preserving your gums and teeth for years to come. The team at West End Dental offers several types of periodontal maintenance, including scaling and root planing and local antibiotic therapy.

How often should I receive preventive care?

The team at West End Dental recommends preventive care at least twice a year, preferably every six months. Even if your teeth and gums appear healthy, problems may exist below the surface. By participating in routine screenings, you can catch potentially serious problems early on before they get out of hand.

Don’t wait to schedule a preventive care appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.