Many feel like 2023 may be the year when we can finally get back to normal, which means getting back to great routines like practicing preventive healthcare.
When it comes to your all-important dental and oral health, the team here at Aura Dentistry, including Drs. Chang Yi and Negar Tehrani, is standing by to give our clients something to really smile about. Through our comprehensive dental exams and professional dental cleanings, we can preserve your teeth, and your smile, for years to come.
Here’s a look at all we accomplish through dental exams and professional cleanings.
The importance of staying one step ahead of your dental health
Did you know that nearly 90% of adults in the United States between the ages of 20 and 64 have had tooth decay? Not to mention, more than a quarter of adults have untreated cavities. Lastly, nearly half of adults 30 years and older have some degree of gum disease.
Between tooth decay and gum disease, Americans are missing a lot of teeth — 178 million are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth.
Much of this tooth loss due to tooth decay and gum disease could have easily been prevented with regular dental exams and dental cleanings.
How we prevent tooth decay and gum disease
During your dental exam, we check for the signs of tooth decay visually and with X-rays. If we detect a cavity, we can quickly step in, clear out the tooth decay, and plug the cavity with a filling. This frontline treatment for tooth decay is extremely effective in helping people to preserve their teeth.
For combating gum disease, our professional cleanings are the best way to prevent severe periodontitis from taking hold and causing irreversible damage. Gum disease is progressive and starts with gingivitis, inflammation in your gums due to bacteria-harboring plaque making its way above your gum line.
During your professional cleaning, we take great care to clear away plaque and bacteria from your gum line, which should remedy the gingivitis. If the gum disease is more advanced, we may recommend a deep cleaning, during which we clean deeper under your gums.
The bottom line is that regular dental exams and professional cleanings are critical if you want to avoid tooth loss at the hands of tooth decay or gum disease. One of these preventive visits now can save you many visits in the future if we have to replace teeth.
Improving your smile
If taking care of gum disease and tooth decay weren’t enough, we can also make your smile sparkle during our professional cleaning.
Even if you practice great at-home hygiene, your teeth can stain, and we can clear away these tough stains with specialized equipment.
At the end of your cleaning and stain removal, we give your teeth a final polish that will leave them whiter and brighter.If you want something to smile about in the new year and beyond, schedule your preventive dental care today. To get started, contact our office in McLean, Virginia.