Sealants, Fluoride Therapy, Nutritional Counseling
Preventive dental care is necessary to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. Everything you do, or should do, regularly to take care of your teeth is part of preventive dental care, including flossing and brushing, maintaining a healthy diet and seeing your Centreville dentist for routine exams and cleanings.
Dental sealants are an important aspect of preventive dental care. These plastic coatings are placed on the molars’ chewing surface to help guard them against decay. These teeth, located in the back of the mouth, are marked by grooves that make them particularly vulnerable to decay. The grooves are generally difficult to clean, deep and may be too narrow to clean with a toothbrush. When plaque accumulates in the grooves, bacteria can break down the enamel and lead to cavities. The dental sealants provide extra protection for the teeth by providing a smooth covering over the grooved area.
Fluoride treatments offer even more protection for your teeth. The mineral helps prevent cavities when applied directly to the enamel of the teeth. Many toothpastes contain fluoride, but the most effective fluoride treatment is done in the dentist’s office. The professional fluoride preparation used by dentists is much stronger than that in toothpaste and can provide longer lasting protection.
Nutritional counseling is another important component of preventive dental care. A diet that consists of certain foods, such as those high in simple carbohydrates, can have an adverse effect on dental health. Bacteria thrive on carbohydrates, and cutting back on simple carbs like sugar can make it more difficult for the mouth to support the growth of bacteria. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in one’s diet is another focus of nutritional counseling because these carbohydrates actually help clean the teeth because they are high in fiber.
Our Centreville practice can teach patients other preventive care techniques and provide treatments that can lead to lifelong dental health.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and if we can be of service, please refer to our Patient Library section, or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us by email.
Dr. Vakay is fabulous! She is the BEST dentist I have ever had.
I have always been a dental coward. When a tooth ache got very bad, I went to the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for help. This started me on a long period of processes, treatments and gentle care that has allowed me to overcome my fear and to bring my dental health back to where it is supposed to be. I can’t thank the staff at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center enough for their sensitive care.
I have been a patient at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for approximately 15 years. I cannot offer enough praise for Dr. Vakay! She is without a doubt a top notch professional and accepts nothing but perfection in her work. She is by far the best dentist I have ever had. Thank you for your exceptional dental treatment and services!
Excellent practice. We were referred to them by a specialist that works with the Redskins . They are a class act. We recently made the switch for our kids from a pediatric dentist to Centreville Dental Wellness. Very happy we did. They are very kid friendly and did superior cleanings than the prior dentist. Highly recommend them.
This dental practice is absolutely wonderful. I have had multiple procedures and follow ups that have made me love my smile again! I have a lot of trepidation about dental work but this practice has made me enjoy the entire experience. My three year old daughter has recently become a patient as well and they were extra nurturing! Excellent practice! I travel from Arlington to continue to see them!