Preventive Care

Our team at Artisan Dental Burke, VA and Chevy Chase, MD recommends that certain procedures be performed at regular dental visits as part of your proper dental hygiene. This preventative dentistry prevents problems before they start, corrects routine problems before they worsen, and identifies serious oral problems so they can be properly treated.
Cleaning
Regular dental cleanings by Dr. Ghannam, Dr. Annoni or our dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease.
Dental Exams
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow our team at Artisan Dental to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but Dr. Ghannam and Dr. Annoni may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.
Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection is the key to successful treatment of oral cancers, so Artisan Dental is the first line of defense. Ask us about oral cancer screening at your next regular visit.
Polishing
Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling, and some restorative procedures. It smooths and polishes teeth or restores surface and removes some stains.
Sealants
When your back teeth are especially prone to cavities. Sealants cover the chewing surface of teeth to keep out the plaque
Scaling
Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure Dr. Ghannam, Dr. Annoni or our hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.
X-Rays
X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show our team at Artisan Dental the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allow Dr. Ghannam and Dr. Annoni to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.