Have you ever wondered if visiting your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings twice a year is really necessary? If you have, it may help to understand the importance of these visits and what takes place at them.
Ignoring dental visits can be detrimental to both your oral and overall health, so it is vital to keep up with them. But even if you haven’t seen a dentist for years, it’s not too late to improve the health and beauty of your smile.
If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, our compassionate team at Hawkins Family Dentistry, led by Dr. Alex Hawkins and Dr. Gena Neidert, would love to welcome you to our dental family. We take our job as prevention specialists seriously and offer kind, gentle, judgment-free care.
When you come in for a dental visit at Hawkins Family Dentistry, we do so much more than routine checkups and cleanings. Our team offers professional, friendly care that advocates for your overall wellness. We also utilize the latest in dental technology to help prevent and treat oral diseases that can lead to more serious problems.
We use digital x-rays, which offer instant images and the ability to enhance, zoom-in, or improve brightness and contrast for increased detail and visibility. Moreover, when compared to traditional x-rays, digital images significantly reduce your radiation exposure.
If more information is needed or the dentist is concerned about something, we also have a Cone Beam CT scanner (CBCT) that provides in-depth information of your oral structures, including the jawbone.
We also offer Velscope® scanning, which can detect invisible problem areas of the oral soft tissues. This assessment aids in the early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer.
Our doctors can perform oral DNA testing with a simple sample of your salvia. This advanced testing can help us determine if you have any potentially dangerous bacteria in your mouth that can cause or exacerbate systemic diseases.
After your thorough oral examination, one of our caring dental hygienists will gently clean your teeth with ultrasonic scaling. We combine ultrasonic instruments with hand scalers to remove plaque and tartar effectively. Once your teeth are completely clean, we will polish them to leave you with a bright, clean smile. Professional cleaning is necessary for overall health, as it reduces your risk of gum disease and dental decay.
Since your comfort and satisfaction are imperative to us, we go above and beyond to ensure the care you receive is top-notch. In addition to excellent customer service at all levels, we also offer several amenities for your comfort, including blankets, warm towels, pillows, HDTV, headphones, and beverages.
Since good oral health relies on more than routine dental visits, our knowledgeable team will also answer any questions you have and provide you with home hygiene education.
Topics we educate our patients can include:
If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, sensitivity, or bleeding, it is time to see the dentist. At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we want you to partner with you to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Our goal is for you to experience positive, comfortable dental visits without judgment. Call our office at 804-897-9800 today to schedule your appointment. Our friendly team is ready to help you.