Dental Exams &
Having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year is a simple and easy way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath, and a bright, white smile. Each day, the naturally-occurring bacteria in our mouths combine with the foods and drinks we consume to form a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque produces acids that weaken enamel, making teeth more susceptible to cavities. The best way to stop decay in its tracks is to keep plaque from setting up shop in the first place!
Proper brushing and flossing do a good job of limiting the buildup of plaque, but our hygienists have the skills and tools to remove hardened plaque, or tartar, that your toothbrush can't. We'll also polish your teeth to diminish the appearance of surface stains and leave your teeth shiny and smooth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is actually curable in 80-90% of cases when it is caught in its early stages. The challenge with visual oral cancer screenings is that to the eye, early-stage oral cancer tissues are often indistinguishable from non-cancerous mouth tissues. Our solution? VELscope®.
Screenings with VELscope are simple and painless, involving special light technology that has proven successful in identifying early-stage soft tissue abnormalities that can turn into oral cancer.
One American dies of oral cancer approximately every hour of every day. While tobacco and alcohol use are the primary lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer, surprisingly 27% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol, nor do they have any other lifestyle risk factors. That's in 4 people who develop oral cancer! Please come in for your screening. It only takes five minutes and could save your life!
Unlike corporate dental chains that treat dentistry like an assembly line, our Arlington dental team understands that no two smiles are alike. Your exams and consultations with Dr. LaVecchia will always be thorough and unhurried, with plenty of time to discuss your dental history, oral health needs, and goals for your smile. You'll also have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have, because we want you to feel confident and informed about the decisions you make for your smile.