Although the American Dental Association strongly recommends that patients of all ages attend regular checkups and cleanings, many people don’t visit their dentist until they have a severe problem. At My Face, My Smile, skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Shahrokh Soltani, and his team want to make your visits as stress-free as possible so that you can maintain these routine appointments that are critical to your oral health. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at the Washington, D.C. office or the location at Ballston Metro in Arlington, Virginia.
Even if you have impeccable at-home habits, plaque and bacteria build up in hard-to-reach areas. If left untouched, this hidden bacteria can lead to decay.
Regular dental visits can help identify problems – whether it’s gum disease or cavities – before they become serious. Plus, professional cleanings leave you with teeth that feel polished and refreshed. The smoothed, cleaned surfaces resist the accumulation of further plaque as well.
During a dental cleaning, the staff at My Face, My Smile uses dental instruments to scrape your teeth above and below the gum line gently. They may also use an ultrasonic vibrating device to loosen plaque and tartar.
After your teeth are polished and flossed, Dr. Soltani comes in for a checkup. He’ll examine your teeth carefully, as well as your gums, mouth tissue, tongue, and jaw. Doing so gives him a complete picture of your oral health so he can recommend any necessary treatment options.
Most people are satisfied with two checkups per year. But, if you have gum disease or any other special problem, Dr. Soltani may recommend more frequent cleanings and visits. Each visit may include X-rays as well as an oral exam and cleaning.
Most patients tolerate cleanings well and even enjoy the polished, smooth sensation they experience afterward.
If you have poor dental hygiene habits, the cleaning may be less comfortable because a buildup of tartar and plaque can make your teeth and gums sensitive.
Sometimes during a cleaning and exam, Dr. Soltani or a hygienist may accidentally touch the soft palate at the back of your throat. That can make you feel like you are gagging, which is quite unpleasant. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, let the staff at My Face, My Smile know so they can avoid triggering it.
Of course, you can discuss any concerns you have about pain and discomfort with Dr. Soltani and his staff so you can have the most comfortable experience possible.