Preventive Care Specialist

Shaun Alex, DDS -  - General Dentistry

District Cosmetic Dental

Shaun Alex, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC

Along with practicing good oral hygiene, preventive care provides early detection of dental issues such as cavities. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited a dentist for a check-up, make an appointment with Dr. Shaun Alex at District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Alex online or by contacting his office.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care — also known as caring for your teeth — helps stop dental problems from developing and provides early detection of tooth troubles. By detecting issues early, treatment is much more manageable.

Preventive dental visits can help prevent the development of:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth infections
  • Loss of enamel

Early detection of issues like tooth infections and cavities can prevent the need for more invasive treatments such as root canals and tooth extractions.

What happens at a preventive visit?

When first arrive for your preventive dental visit, you’ll have a deep cleaning done. During this, any build-up and plaque are removed, and your teeth are thoroughly brushed. You’ll also have your teeth flossed to remove tartar from between the teeth.

Next, Dr. Alex examines your teeth. He checks for cavities or the start of cavities, as well as the strength of your teeth. If Dr. Alex finds any areas of concern, he provides instruction on how to prevent the issue from getting worse.

X-rays are not necessary every time you go to the dentist, but, they are a great way to check for issues and keep an on teeth that haven’t sprouted yet, such as wisdom teeth in young adults and adult teeth in children.

What can I do to keep my teeth healthy?

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy.

Brushing your teeth twice a day, every day is an essential part of having a healthy mouth. Regular brushing helps remove debris and prevents plaque build up. Be sure to brush in a circular motion and ask Dr. Alex about what type of toothpaste or toothbrush to use.

Flossing is another important, but often neglected, part of good oral hygiene. Flossing every day removes plaque from between teeth that toothbrushes cannot reach.

Regular dental visits are another essential part of good dental hygiene. Regular check-ups provide a deep cleaning and early detection of problems. It’s also a great time to bring up any concerns you have about your teeth.

Preventive dental care helps keep your mouth and teeth strong and healthy. Schedule an appointment at District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C., for your check-up today by calling his office or scheduling it online.