1310 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, Virginia 23113


Whether you’re a new patient or you’ve been coming to our Midlothian, VA practice for years, you might have some burning questions about dentistry. Here, our team answers some of the most frequently asked questions so our patients can be well-informed.

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I brush and floss diligently. Why do I need professional cleanings?

Despite perfect hygiene at home, brushing and flossing simply cannot clean hard-to-reach areas effectively. When plaque and tartar accumulate, oral bacteria begin to breed. Brushing and flossing keeps these harmful bacteria at bay for a time – typically a few months. After this point, a professional cleaning is necessary. Regular dental visits combined with excellent at-home hygiene is the best way to maintain optimal oral health.

How is gum disease treated?

The type of treatment necessary depends on the severity of the disease. For example, gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease – can be completely reversed with a dental cleaning. However, if the disease has progressed to the point of damaging supporting bone, then a deep dental cleaning or surgery may be necessary. At our practice, we utilize LANAP laser treatment, a minimally invasive alternative to periodontal surgery.

When should I bring my child to his or her first dental visit?

The American Dental Association states that kids should have their first dental appointment when the first tooth erupts – or around the age of one. Instilling healthy oral hygiene habits at an early age can set your child up for success later on. At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a number of pediatric dental services, including preventative care like cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants.

I’m missing most of my teeth. Should I choose implants or dentures?

Individuals who are missing most or all of their teeth have a few different options to choose from. At our Midlothian practice, we offer both traditional dentures and implant-supported restorations. Most patients find that they prefer the stability of implant-supported dentures, which are held firmly in place by dental implants that are placed into the jawbone. During a consultation at our practice, we can help determine a treatment plan that’s right for you.

What type of braces should I choose?

Today, there are a number of orthodontic options available. The one that’s right for you depends on your unique dental needs and personal preferences. At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we offer Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®. Invisalign is a discreet option that straightens the teeth using clear aligner trays. Six Month Smiles focuses on the front teeth – the teeth visible when you smile. If you’re looking to enhance your appearance quickly, Six Month Smiles can deliver results in – you guessed it – about six months. However, if your orthodontic misalignment is also affecting oral health and function, you may wish to consider Invisalign, which not only improves appearance, but also balanced the bite for optimal health.

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to come to my appointment?

Dentistry works best when it is preventative. Sure, we have the means to treat any dental condition under the sun. But it’s healthier – and more affordable – if we can prevent issues before they start. Even if your teeth feel fine, it’s important to attend all routine dental exams and cleanings. Any potential problems can be detected early on, which means less treatment will be necessary to address them.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

Do you have more questions that weren’t addressed here? One of our knowledgeable team members is always standing by to help. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment at our Midlothian practice, contact us online or call us at (804) 897-9800.

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