Dr. Stephen A. Price


Call today for your free no obligation consultation: (703)-935-2879


Why Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

By: | Sunday, February 28th, 2016 | Oral Cancer Screening, Oral Health

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

If you’re a diligent brusher and flosser of your teeth at home, you may be tempted to skip regular twice-yearly professional cleanings with Dr. Price or another dentist. After all, what can a professional do that you’re not already doing at home? Truth is, lots.

dental cleaningBeyond the removal of plaque and tartar (which you cannot remove at home once it has developed on your teeth), there are more serious reasons to see us twice yearly.

  1. Head off gum disease early.

When plaque starts to accumulate in certain corners of your mouth, the gums surrounding your teeth can become inflamed and this can lead eventually lead to gum disease. If left untreated, this disease can cause tooth and bone loss. During your routine exams and cleanings, we check for the early signs of gum disease because catching and addressing it early is the key.

  1. Oral cancer can be right under your nose, literally.

Like gum disease, part of our regular exam protocol is looking for the early signs of oral cancer. You know when we pull your tongue and check your glands and other tests? Those are checks for oral cancer, and, obviously, you want to catch that early and you won’t see the signs at home.

  1. Your oral health can go way out of track.

Early diagnosis is early treatment. For dental issues, this not only can save you thousands of dollars, but it can save your teeth. You may think you’re doing a bang-up job at home, but we may see evidence that says otherwise. We keep a running record of your dental health. Have your gums receded since the last visit? Has that crack in a tooth become worse? We check for everything and keep an eye on any issues.

Professional dental cleanings and dental exams with Dr. Price can seem like an optional task on your to-do list, but in the long run, your teeth will thank you for making those visits mandatory.

Is it time for your next exam? Call us at 703-750-9404 to schedule your appointment.



Request Appointment