Dental exams are discussed as a vital aspect of healthy development in childhood. When we were children, we learned that we needed to brush our teeth really good (and that we may get a gold star if we did!). We learned that sugar could harm our teeth and cause us pain. As we have progressed into adulthood, many of us have had the opportunity to pass our own learning on to our children so their smiles could grow to be healthy and strong. Along the way, something happens to a lot of folks; they forget to practice what they preach.
Have you forgotten that it is necessary to see your dentist a few times a year? Is dental anxiety the obstacle in your way? Whether it is fear of getting to know a new dentist or having to hear what that dentist may have to say about your teeth, or having to undergo treatment to repair damage, we understand that the list of reasons for skipping dental exams can be endless. The thing is, there is no excuse good enough to put your smile – and your quality of life – at risk.
It is important to us that our patients feel comfortable and calm during dental visits. For this reason, our Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) certified dentists offer various forms of sedation dentistry. Contact us for more information about sedation so you don’t have to miss out on the value of personal dental care from your McLean dentist.
Knowledge is Power
One of the biggest things you miss when you avoid seeing the dentist is empowerment. Perhaps it has been several years since you’ve seen the dentist, and your recollection of the care you have previously received makes you feel anything but empowered. This can change. When you obtain routine care, you know what is going on in your own mouth. You can then be more proactive when you notice an increase in sensitivity or small pains here and there. These are indications of a minor problem that, when you recognize them, give you the opportunity to seek care before extensive restoration may be necessary.
In recent years, the advancement of dental technology has improved the level of care we are able to provide. Now, dentists routinely use digital x-rays that can be observed on in-office computer screens. Intraoral cameras are also the norm, expanding our observation of teeth and restorations for the most thorough examination. The technologies used in our office facilitate efficient diagnosis and treatment of numerous dental problems.
Ultimately, seeing the dentist regularly is one of the best ways to overcome the obstacles that keep you at risk for dental disease. We’d love to help you take care of your smile. Call 703-448-1020 to schedule your visit.