Dental Hygiene & Preventive Services

At Grace Dental of Virginia we provide customized oral wellness protocols to meet your individual needs and to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

At your regular dental checkup appointments, Dr. Jarwa can keep an eye on certain dental concerns before they turn into bigger, more expensive problems. Without routine teeth-cleaning appointments you are placing yourself and your family’s oral health at risk. If problems are not caught early on, you may become at risk of gum disease or periodontal disease, which at first usually doesn’t hurt other than bleeding when brushing or flossing. Regular dental cleaning and oral exams are perhaps the most important preventive action you can take to protect your oral health. It is much easier, better and less costly to prevent oral health problems than it is to treat them. Here are some of the benefits of preventive and periodontal maintenance treatment:

Tartar removal – Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Even using the best brushing and flossing homecare techniques, it can be impossible to remove debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist using specialized dental equipment is needed in order to spot and treat problems such as tartar and plaque buildup.

Aesthetics – It’s hard to feel confident about a smile marred by yellowing, stained teeth. Maintenance can rid the teeth of unsightly stains and return the smile to its former glory

Fresher breath – Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection, and periodontal problems. The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.

Our preventive services include:

Complete comprehensive periodontal evaluation structural soft tissue examination
Including probing (pocket depth measuring) to determine the foundational support provided by the gums and evaluation of the presence of gum and periodontal disease. This includes diagnostic x-rays.

Regular cleaning prophylaxis teeth cleaning
Including Ultrasonic technology to reduce bacterial infection through the removal of bacterial deposits on the teeth and disinfect the mouth.

Fluoride Care
In-office and prescription home use. Multiple types of fluoride are available for in-office care; your hygienist will determine the delivery system that best suits your individual oral health needs.

Oral hygiene instructions and nutritional counseling
Dr. Jarwa always reminds his patient about the best way to keep their teeth healthy, gives them nutritional advice that fits their needs and warns them of damaging habits that can jeopardize their oral health.

Sealant application
To prevent the early onset of decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth.