General & Family Dentistry in Frederick, MD
You deserve a smile you're proud to show off, and at Monocacy Valley Dental, our mission is to help you achieve one. As a leading dentist serving the greater Frederick, MD area, we're proud to offer dental treatments ranging from teeth whitening to dental implants, and we customize treatment to make the process convenient for any lifestyle. But while we work hard to provide a wide variety of dental procedures, we believe that general and preventive dentistry is always most important.
Preventative Dentistry in Frederick, MD
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and the best way to take care of your teeth and mouth is through preventive dentistry and oral hygiene. This means that not only is it important to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis – it's also vital to visit your Frederick dentist for a dental exam and teeth cleaning every 6 months. Visiting your dentist regularly comes with a number of important benefits, including:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
Dental Exams in Frederick, MD
During your routine checkup appointments, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dentist may also want to take X-rays to screen for cavities and understand what's happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Dental Cleanings in Frederick
Next, one of our dental hygienists will further examine the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring, and you have no signs of gum disease.
After your dental exam, your hygienist will perform thorough teeth cleaning. This will involve using a variety of tools to remove any bacteria, plaque, staining, and hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. After the cleaning, your hygienist will carefully floss your teeth, then use a polishing compound to buff the teeth before applying a fluoride treatment.
Dental cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know, as we may be able to offer sedation options to ensure your comfort. If your dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your dentist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Cleaning Today!
Dental exams & dental cleanings are a critical part of maintaining proper oral hygiene and a healthy smile, and if you're due for a check-up appointment, we can help. Use our easy online form to request a teeth cleaning appointment with one of our dentists today. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!