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The American Dental Association recommends having a professional dental exam and cleaning performed every six months. This will help us remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your mouth and monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.

After your teeth have been cleaned and polished by one of Midlothian Dental Arts’s dental hygienists, your dentist will examine your teeth. If they find any areas of concern, the dentist will present you with the applicable treatment options.

If they notice bacterial matter trapped in the biting surface of your back teeth, the dentist might recommend having dental sealants applied at the end of the appointment. This is a special dental resin painted onto the deeply textured tooth enamel of the biting surfaces. Once they are painted on and cured by an ultraviolet light, it creates a protective layer that prevents bacteria from direct contact with the otherwise healthy tooth.

In another situation, where your tooth enamel shows signs of demineralization from acidic beverages or poor oral hygiene practices, the dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment. This is a quick procedure, that can be performed at the end of the checkup. Concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into trays and allowed to saturate your teeth. The net effect will remineralize your tooth enamel to help prevent future cavities.

If you live in the Midlothian, Virginia, area and you have concerns about cavity prevention, you should call 804-419-5155 to schedule a dental exam at Midlothian Dental Arts’s clinic.