PREVENTIVE TREATMENT

Prevention for Your Healthiest Smile

Preventive services like exams and cleanings allow us to monitor your oral health and treat problems before they cause you discomfort.

Protect Your Healthy Smile with Preventive Care

Preventive Treatment in Fredericksburg

Serving the Fredericksburg, VA community

We care about your well-being and want to ensure you receive care that is most appropriate for your needs. Dr. Elnahass and our team want to understand what’s important to you and enjoy spending time getting to know all our patients. Our goal is to develop a trusting relationship with you, so you feel comfortable turning to us with your concerns.

If there’s a secret to a healthy smile, it’s prevention. When you support your at-home oral hygiene efforts with semi-annual dental exams and cleanings at our Fredericksburg dental office, you have the foundation for a healthy smile.

The get started, call us at (540) 373-1641 so we can arrange an appointment.

How can you help me maintain good oral health?

Our goal at Blue Bird Dentistry is to provide you with all the information and support you need to maintain optimal health. An essential part of achieving that goal is providing preventive services at our Fredericksburg dental office that allow us to stay a step ahead of oral health problems.

Patient education is an integral part of prevention, so our team is always happy to answer your questions. We also use state-of-the-art technology like intraoral cameras that enable us to share images with you so you can see the problem for yourself and understand why treatment is necessary.

What is the mouth-body connection?

Scientists and researchers have found numerous connections between the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. Some estimates say that over 100 conditions have been associated with chronic oral health problems, making preventive dental care more important than ever. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Low birthweight babies

What happens during a dental exam?

Your comprehensive dental exams at Blue Bird Dentistry are very productive. Dr. Elnahass will:

  • Check for tooth decay: We examine all teeth and note changes in condition on your patient record.
  • Examine restorations: We check any crowns, fillings, or other restorations to ensure they’re in good condition.
  • Take digital x-rays: High-resolution x-rays allow us to see small areas of decay as well as bone loss and tumors or cysts.
  • Perform an oral cancer screening: Dr. Elnahass checks your lips, tongue, throat, and neck for early signs of oral cancer.

What is an intraoral camera and how does it benefit me?

An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that illuminates the inside of your mouth to give you an up-close view of what Dr. Elnahass sees when he performs a visual dental exam. As he directs the camera over your teeth, real-time images appear on your chairside monitor. Instead of just telling you what’s wrong, you can see for yourself what the problem is and why we recommend treatment.

We can store these images in your patient history so we can refer to them as needed to monitor conditions or send to specialists and insurance companies.

I floss and brush well at home. Do I still need a dental cleaning?

Brushing and flossing at home are essential if you want a healthy smile. But your efforts need to be paired with professional dental cleanings at our Fredericksburg, VA dental office every six months to be as productive as possible. During your cleanings, your hygienist will:

  • Remove plaque – The sticky film that coats your teeth throughout the day is called plaque and is made up of food debris, saliva, and bacteria. We need to remove plaque because if it is allowed to feed on the sugars in your mouth, it produces acid that attacks tooth enamel and causes cavities.
  • Remove tartar – Plaque that sits on your teeth eventually hardens into a deposit called tartar (calculus). Calcified tarter adheres to your teeth above and below the gum line, and only a skilled hygienist can remove it with specialized dental instruments.
  • Floss your teeth – While your hygienist is flossing your teeth is a great time to ask for pointers to make sure you’re getting the most out of your flossing routine.
  • Polish your teeth – The final step in your professional cleaning is polishing your teeth to leave you with a squeaky-clean smile.

My gums bleed when I brush. What’s going on?

Bleeding when you brush is one of the symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease, and it’s an indication that bacteria-filled plaque and tartar have caused a gum infection. Other symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Tender, inflamed, or swollen gums
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Receding gums
  • A change in your dental bite
  • Bad breath that won’t go away

However, gum disease can compromise your oral health without any noticeable symptoms. Ensuring that your gums are healthy are another reason we stress the importance of preventive exams and dental cleanings. 

How do you treat gum disease?

In its earliest stages, gum disease is called gingivitis and treatment typically involves a thorough cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists. During this visit, they will point out problem areas and give you tips for improving your oral hygiene and nutrition.

If gum disease is not treated early on, the infection starts to break down the supporting structures that hold your teeth in place. This stage is of gum disease is called periodontitis, which requires a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing.

What is scaling and root planing?

During scaling and root planing (SRP), your hygienist scrapes away all the plaque and tartar that linger on your teeth in places your brush and floss can’t reach. She also smooths the exposed root surfaces to eliminate rough areas where bacteria can collect and provide a surface to which the gums can reattach.

We can control periodontitis, but the damage done to the bone in your jaw cannot be undone, which makes early detection of gum disease critical.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Aside from visiting our Fredericksburg, VA dental office periodically for exams and cleanings, you can take the following precautions to say a step ahead of gum disease.

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss or use an interdental cleaner to get between teeth
  • Ask us about germ-fighting mouth rinses
  • Follow a healthy diet and cut back on sweets
  • Visit us twice a year or as recommended

When should prevention for my child start?

We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that children should see the dentist within six months after the first tooth appears but no later than age one. Visiting a dental office can be overwhelming for a very young child, so we want to give them all the time they need to get comfortable with us.

Also, monitoring your child’s dental development starts when the first baby teeth arrive. If a baby tooth is lost too soon because of decay or infection, surrounding teeth begin to shift, resulting in crowding and alignment problems when the permanent tooth finally arrives. 

Will my child need fluoride treatments or sealants?

As your child develops, we may determine that supplemental fluoride or dental sealants would be beneficial for protecting their oral health. Dr. Elnahass will examine your child’s teeth to see if he recommends a fluoride varnish or sealants to further strengthen and protect your child’s teeth.

We recommend dental sealant to protect teeth like molars that have deep pits and grooves that trap bacteria and cause cavities. A tooth sealant is a thin coating of plastic that is applied to these chewing surfaces and hardened with a curing light.

At Blue Bird Dentistry, we most often recommend sealants on permanent teeth, but if your child is prone to cavities, we may recommend putting them on baby teeth to protect them until permanent teeth are ready to emerge.

MEET OUR DOCTOR:

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Dr. Mohamed Elnahass

Dr. Elnahass was born in Boston and attended New York University (NYU) where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He practiced for several years in New Hampshire before moving to Virginia to be closer to his family.

“I am a dentist because I want to be an artist and scientist at the same time. I love my job because I meet a lot of patients with different needs and I get to help them change their lives by improving their smile.”

When he’s not busy helping patients, Dr. Elnahass enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn daughter, and Maltipoo Charlie. He is also a car enthusiast and enjoys DIY projects and photography.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How often you need to visit Blue Bird Dentistry for dental exams and teeth cleanings depends on your current oral health. We recommend twice-yearly preventive visits for many of our patients, but three or four a year is not unusual, especially if we’re trying to control gum disease.

Custom Treatment Plans

One of the things we will discuss during your first visit is the frequency of your dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Fredericksburg, VA dental office. You will meet with Dr. Elnahass and one of our hygienists, and we’ll develop a treatment plan that takes your unique needs into account.

If your teeth and gums are generally healthy, dental exams and cleanings every six months are enough to maintain excellent oral health. For those with gum disease or a history of caries (cavities), Dr. Elnahass may recommend preventive dental visits as often as three or four times a year.

Schedule A Dental Appointment

The first step is to call Blue Bird Dentistry to arrange your first visit so we can evaluate your oral health needs. Please call our Fredericksburg, VA dental office at (540) 373-1641 to get started!

FEATURED BLOG POSTS - PREVENTIVE TREATMENT

MARCH 28, 2019
Time to Schedule Your Family’s Teeth Cleanings and Exams

Teeth were meant to last for life, but it wasn’t until dentistry became routine that this started to happen in real life!

The American Dental Association recommends regular dental exams and x-rays. They also emphasize professional teeth cleanings every six months. Our Fredericksburg, VA dentist agrees.

The reality is we see a decrease in periodontal disease, cavities, and dental emergencies at Blue Bird Dentistry in patients who adhere to these recommendations. In other words, we see far less tooth loss when preventive dentistry is in play.

We want the same for you …