At Bethesda Row Dental, we emphasize taking a proactive approach as the best way to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. By coming to our office as recommended for checkup visits and routine care, we can help you and every member of your family prevent the onset and progression of many oral health problems and diseases.
As skilled and experienced providers of care, we provide a comprehensive range of preventive services, including comprehensive oral exams, diagnostic digital x-rays, professional teeth cleanings, periodontal evaluations, occlusal (bite) analysis, and oral cancer screenings, along with patient education on hygiene, diet, and healthy practices.
We want every patient to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. At the office of Bethesda Row Dental, you can rest assured that your oral exams are performed with the utmost care and that every member of our team is sensitive to your needs. Based on your oral exam findings and what we see on your diagnostic films, we'll outline what further treatment, if any, may be needed and discuss all your options in care.
The VELscope® is an advanced oral assessment technology system that offers dentists the ability to visualize oral tissue abnormalities, and pathological changes, which may indicate the presence of oral cancer or pre-malignant lesions.
With oral cancer on the rise, killing roughly 1 person per every 24 hours, we’re excited to offer this technology to our patients. The evaluation is quick, painless, and is incorporated into our oral cancer screening that is done during each check-up visit.
While maintaining a healthy smile depends upon keeping your teeth and gums clean at home, even those with the most diligent brushing and flossing routines can find it challenging to reach every nook and cranny between the teeth and gums. For this reason, we emphasize the importance of routine dental cleanings at least twice a year.
Since plaque harbors the bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease, its removal is essential for maintaining good oral health. At Bethesda Row Dental, we encourage patients to come in twice a year for professional dental cleanings. In this way, our hygienist can remove any accumulated plaque, tartar, and food debris from between the teeth and gums.
Our goal is to prevent cavities and protect your overall oral health. One of the most important aspects of keeping regular six-month check-ups is we’re able to diagnosis and reverse gingivitis before periodontal disease sets in. As children and adults alike are effect by periodontal disease, it’s crucial to catch it before it becomes advanced.
Keep your smile feeling fresh and clean, preventing cavities, and protecting your periodontal health goes a long way in supporting your overall health and well-being.
Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film-based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with specialists. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
At Bethesda Row Dental, our goal is to prevent periodontal disease. The problem with periodontal disease is that often the progression is painless. As a result, you may not be aware of the ongoing disease process until it’s too late.
Periodontal disease damages the surrounding soft tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is predominantly caused by the accumulation of bacteria, mucus, and other particles in the form of plaque or tartar that sit between the teeth and the gums. Periodontal disease can range in severity from a simple gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, to a more serious inflammation of the periodontal tissues. Left untreated periodontal disease can result in significant tissue damage, severe bone loss, and eventual tooth loss.
Help us help you by keeping your regularly scheduled dental visits every six months!
As part of our dental prevention program, dental sealants are recommended to patients of all ages to protect back teeth from becoming decayed. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, dental sealants reduce the risk of cavities in molars by approximately 80%.
Dental sealants are placed when teeth have deeply grooved chewing surfaces that can be difficult to keep free of leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria. The process is a quick and painless but affords additional protection from decay by providing a strong protective coating for chewing surfaces of back teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that's frequently added to tap water as well as found in some food sources. It's also an active ingredient in many kinds of toothpaste and mouth rinses.
In terms of its value to oral health, fluoride serves to protect tooth enamel, from the corrosive effects of dental plaque. Fluoride accelerates the re-mineralization process and strengthens tooth enamel, to make the teeth more resistant to decay.
At Bethesda Row Dental, we provide fluoride treatments to address the needs of both children and adults during regular check-up visits. There are times that supplemental at home fluoride treatments may be recommended for patients at a higher risk of developing cavities as well as for patients that have had extensive dental treatment.
White spot lesions have an opaque appearance and are seen on teeth after the subsurface layer of enamel on a tooth becomes demineralized. This is often due to poor oral hygiene and plaque, bacteria and acid accumulation on teeth.
The good news is there are treatments available now that we didn’t have ten years ago! Treatments that can almost eliminate your white spots.
Not all sports mouthguards are created equal and they’re not just for kids! Custom sports mouthguards fitted by your dentist has several advantages including fabrication from highest-quality, longest-lasting materials, it ensures children with braces and dental appliances are protect, and potentially reduces the severity of concussive injuries.
All sports activities come with inherent risks of certain injuries, especially contact sports, a customized sports mouthguard can help protect an athlete's beautiful smile. So, throw away those standard and bite-and-fit mouthguards and get a customized sports mouthguard today.