Gum Disease & Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Gorgeous Smile

Ahmed Al-Salim, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, VA

Preventive dentistry is the first line of defense against unwanted oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay or wear, and periodontal disease. At Gorgeous Smile in Arlington, Virginia, Dr. Ahmed Al-Salim and his staff of expert dental hygienists care for your teeth and gums during regular dental exams. Using digital X-ray technology, they check for signs of oral cancer and other diseases that can be effectively treated if caught early. To schedule your next dental exam, call or use the online booking tool today.

Gum Disease & Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is caring for your teeth and gums to maintain optimal oral health and avoid serious problems, including cavities, tooth discoloration or wear, and gum disease.

Nearly half of US men and women adults suffer from a mild, moderate, or severe form of gum disease, namely, inflammation caused by poor oral hygiene habits.

How can I prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to take excellent care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly. Dr. Al-Salim and his staff teach you how to implement proper brushing and flossing techniques.

You must also maintain regular appointments at Gorgeous Smile. Based on your case, Dr. Al-Salim recommends how frequently you, or your children, should come in.

What does preventive dentistry involve?

Regular dental exams are comprehensive checkups that help prevent the development of oral health problems. You can expect Dr. Al-Salim to perform the following while in his care.

Digital X-rays

This technique uses an electronic sensor to capture and store digital images that help Dr. Al-Salim detect problems more easily, including poor tooth and root positions and decay between teeth.

Oral Cancer Screening 

During this exam, Dr. Al-Salim or a dental hygienist evaluates the maxillofacial and oral regions for signs of pathologic changes, such as red patches, sores, or lumps. They may also use lasers to identify abnormalities invisible to the naked eye.

Gum Disease Evaluation

This comprehensive assessment of your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth includes looking for signs of periodontal disease, such as redness or inflammation.

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleanings remove stains and plaque missed by brushing and are essential to stave off periodontal and gum disease.

At dental exams, Dr. Al-Salim and a dental hygienist also perform routine checks for signs of tooth decay and evaluations of any existing restorations you might have, such as crowns or fillings.

How often do I need to get a dental exam?

Dr. Al-Salim generally recommends you schedule a routine dental exam at least twice per year. He may suggest more or less frequent visits, depending on the specifics of your oral health, such as underlying conditions or existing restorations.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam, call or use the online booking tool today.