Dental Health

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dr. Michael Chung consults with a patient at his dental office in Virginia

Studies have shown that your overall health is tied to good dental health. Beautiful smiles also result from good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. In addition to this, advancements in dental technology continue to put the focus on a more comfortable and patient-centered experience.

What Happens During a Dental Check-up?

A dental check-up usually consists of cleaning, an examination, and sometimes X-rays performed by a dental hygienist at Softouch Dental Care in Oakton, VA. The cleaning (also called a prophylaxis) removes tartar (mineralized plaque) that may have built up on the teeth. The purpose of the examination is to look for any problems with the teeth or gums. X-rays may be taken to look for issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as tooth decay or bone loss.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of a unique medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is used for various treatments, from simple cleanings to more complex ones such as root canals or extractions. Sedation dentistry will make the experience more comfortable for patients with anxiety or fear of going to the dentist.

How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

Professional teeth whitening is a process that uses bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from teeth. Teeth whitening might be done at home using over-the-counter products, or a dentist can do it. Professional teeth whitening is typically much more effective than home teeth whitening kits, but it is also more expensive.

How Often Should I See a Dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients see a dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and examination. However, some patients may need to see a dentist more often than that if they present certain risk factors for dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Dr. Michael K. Chung can make recommendations for patients based on the status of their oral health. 

How Does My Dental Health Affect My Overall Health?

Good oral health is best for overall health. Research has shown a link between poor oral health and various medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Therefore, you must take proper care of your teeth and gums to help prevent these and other health problems.

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities are caused by a process known as tooth decay, which occurs when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) builds up on the enamel of the teeth and breaks down the enamel. This can happen if you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly or if you eat sugary or acidic foods that damage the enamel.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

You can prevent cavities by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary and acidic foods. You should also see Dr. Michael K. Chung every six months for a routine cleaning and examination.

I Haven’t Been to the Dentist in a Few Years. Can You Help?

Yes, we can help! We understand that you and many of our patients may have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist. At Softouch Dental Care of Oakton, VA, Dr. Michael K. Chung offers a variety of services to make the experience more comfortable for our patients, including sedation dentistry and a caring, friendly staff. We also provide special financing and payment plans to make dental care more affordable, especially when paying for restorative care that may be necessary after years away from the dentist’s chair.

Maintaining Good Dental Health

Experienced dentist Dr. Michael Chung will always remind you that daily brushing and flossing are a necessary part of oral care. With regular maintenance it is easier to avoid common issues like periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Daily brushing and flossing promotes good dental health by removing the sticky build-up from plaque that forms repeatedly over time. Plaque acts as an invisible film covering your teeth. As plaque forms at the gum line, a combination of bacterial agents will develop until a toothbrush or floss loosen it.

Flossing should be a standard part of your daily routine. The importance of using floss is often overlooked. Remember that your toothbrush is not designed to do it all.

  • Flossing reaches the bacteria buildup between teeth
  • Flossing can cause bleeding and inflamed gums during the first week you start
  • Be sure to rinse your mouth after brushing and flossing to remove any plaque

Some bacteria can be left in places that are harder to reach. If left on your teeth, it hardens into tartar that needs to be professionally removed. When we clean your teeth professionally, we remove the bacteria and toxins that irritate your gums that can lead to gingivitis.

Professional cleaning at a general dentistry office involves plaque removal, tartar removal and polishes your teeth. Polishing works to remove plaque and stains. You may also desire further cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the overall appearance of your smile, such as tooth whitening.

Advanced Dental Technology Improves Health

General dentistry is preventative in nature, and we perform those routine cleanings you have probably had for most of your life. Like most industries, dentistry has benefitted from advanced technology, including lasers.

Laser dentistry is transforming the way modern cosmetic dentistry offices like Softouch Dental Care operates. Our dentist can use lasers in a variety of ways to assist in preventative maintenance such as removing bacteria and tooth decay in order to improve dental health.

If you would like to learn more about ways to promote your dental health, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to schedule your consultation with an experienced Vienna dentist. Dr. Chung is proud to serve patients in Northern Virginia including Oakton, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Reston, Vienna and Arlington areas.