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For the lasting healthy beauty of your smile, look no further than our cleanings and preventive services!

Invest in yourself – your smile and health – with professional dental cleanings. These routine teeth cleanings are also fundamental to preventive dentistry at The Bell Dental Group. Derived from the Greek “prophylaktikós” (for “precaution”), the “oral prophylaxis” or dental cleaning is essential for all patients. Regardless of your health status or risk factors for gum disease and tooth decay (the leading causes of tooth loss), the “prophy” is a must to maintain the health and beauty of your smile.

The power of professional preventative care in Alexandria, Virginia

Cleanings performed by the skilled dental hygienists at our office complement our patients’ excellent home care! You really cannot have one without the other. Sticky bacterial plaque is constantly forming on our teeth. The bacteria in this film feed on the sugars and starches present in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. Due to this process, it is crucial to consistently and diligently remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque. Brush the teeth, gums, and other areas that harbor harmful plaque (such as the tongue and palate)—Floss at least once a day. 

We commend those patients that maintain such good, consistent oral care. However, even the most thorough brushers and flossers cannot remove all dental plaque. When plaque sticks around on the teeth, it builds up and hardens to become tartar or “calculus.” Tartar is incredibly stubborn. It can only be removed by dental professionals like our talented hygienists. They are trained to gently and thoroughly remove tartar, along with bacteria, plaque, and surface stains. They also have the right tools to control these substances, and in doing so, they minimize your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. These cleanings also keep your teeth looking healthy and vibrant white. A thorough cleaning, followed by polishing, makes your mouth feel fresh and prevents halitosis (bad breath). 

Don’t treat – prevent and detect!

“Standard” cleanings for otherwise healthy patients are scheduled at least two times per year or once every six months. These visits present opportunities for us to suggest cleaning techniques and products to more effectively and efficiently maintain your smile’s healthy function, comfort, and aesthetics. Our dentist, Dr. Alonzo Bell, also examines your teeth, gums, and mouth for any abnormalities. Dr. Bell is looking for signs of enamel erosion, early decay, or gingival inflammation. When detected early into the disease process, these conditions can be treated in a minimally-invasive way and well before they cause damage to your teeth and their supporting tissues. He may also recommend professional services to build up and protect the teeth; for instance, fluoride supplements and dental sealants (for decay-prone back teeth). 

All the services mentioned here are largely 100% covered by insurance as preventative measures. So, preventing problems before they start is as good for your budget as it is for your health, well-being, and schedule. It fits in well with your busy and active lifestyle and is one of the best things you can do for your whole self, not “just” your smile. 

Call (703) 783-4557 to schedule an appointment at The Bell Dental Group or find out more about what we offer at our office in Alexandria, VA.

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