KEEP YOUR TEETH SAFE AND YOUR SMILE BRIGHT WITH GENERAL DENTISTRY
You may have heard the saying that prevention is the best medicine. That statement could not be more true when it comes to dental care. General dentistry treatments from Dr. Ki will help you avoid dangerous dental conditions that could harm your teeth and ruin your smile.
The Power of General Dentistry
General dentistry is the type of dentistry that everyone needs for healthy teeth and gums. Some examples of general dentistry service offerings are:
- Dental Exams and Cleanings – Your regularly scheduled dental exams and dental cleanings are one of the most important parts of your dental care. This allows Dr. Ki a chance to identify any potential threat to your dental health and take the necessary steps to keep your mouth healthy.
- Fluoride Treatments and Varnish – A standard part of your dental cleanings, fluoride is used to remineralize your teeth. Eating and drinking leach minerals from your teeth, causing your enamel to break down if those minerals aren’t replaced. Fluoride treatments from Dr. Ki will go a long way in helping you maintain strong and healthy teeth.
- Dental Sealants – These thin coatings are applied to the biting surfaces of your back teeth. Sealants help prevent tooth decay from food or other debris that gets missed during routine brushing.
- Cavity Detection – In order to keep your teeth healthy, you need to know if a problem is starting. Cavity detection from Dr. Ki helps do just that. By identifying any tooth decay early, Dr. Ki can get a treatment plan together that will minimize the damage and erase the threat to your teeth quickly.
Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings
If you are a new patient, the first thing you will do at your exam and cleaning is fill out your new patient paperwork. Once that is out of the way, you will be seen by one of our dental hygienists. The hygienist will conduct X-rays and check your teeth for cavities. Your hygienist will also give your teeth a thorough cleaning and look for any areas of concern to let Dr. Ki know about. Once your cleaning and initial exam are complete, Dr. Ki will examine your teeth further, taking note of any problematic areas the hygienist found. Once that is all completed, the last step will be to set up your next appointment. This should be roughly six months down the road, giving us a chance to monitor your dental health effectively.
Signs of Gum Disease
Roughly 50 percent of adults in the United States will have some form of gum disease, so you could have it now and not know. One symptom commonly disregarded is your gums bleeding after brushing your teeth. This is a common symptom of gingivitis, the precursor to full-blown gum disease. If you have this symptom or are afraid you might have gum disease for another reason, it is important that you get in to see Dr. Ki as soon as you can. Gum disease can wreck your teeth if you leave it untreated, and Dr. Ki can help you get it under control.
Dangers of Teeth Grinding
You are hurting your teeth by grinding them. Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, can damage your tooth enamel and cause it to chip or become worn down. You are also putting added strain on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint. That can cause a slew of other problems. Dr. Ki can help you keep both your teeth and your TMJ safe with a custom mouthguard that will prevent you from damaging your teeth and will spread force across your jawline to protect your joint.
Call our Fairfax, VA office today at (703) 273-2545 for an appointment. You can easily schedule your appointment online as well. Just use our online form, and one of our qualified staff members will be in touch with you shortly.