Cleanings & Prevention
Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Scott at your first dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, she and our hygienist will also perform the following procedures:

  • Examination of Diagnostic X-Rays (Radiographs): This is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of Existing Restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of Calculus (Tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for a while and is firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produces toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth Polishing: Removal of stains and plaque that are not removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

To learn more about our dental checkups and teeth cleanings in Alexandria, Virginia, and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Annette E. Scott, please call our dental office at 703-971-4333. We are committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health!



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