Preventive Dentistry Saves Smiles, Time, and Money
Maintain a Healthy Smile With Ashburn, Virginia’s Favorite Dental Team
Dr. Claustro and our team of dental professionals are proud to serve individuals and families in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. As your Partners In Dental Care, Team Claustro DMD is here to listen to your concerns, evaluate your dental needs in relationship to your whole-body health, and educate you on our findings and recommendations. It is not our job to tell you what to do, but to help you choose the best treatment options for your expectations and lifestyle. To schedule your appointment with our amazing team call 703.406.8600 or request an appointment online.
Why Is Oral Hygiene and Health Important?
Aside from needing your teeth to help you eat, speak, smile, and maintain the skeletal shape of your face (go ahead and google “no teeth” if you don’t believe us!), protecting your oral health is important in a number of ways. Evidence-based research has shown that the bacteria associated with Gum Disease is linked to a number of health issues including Diabetes, Heart Disease, Colon Cancer, Dementia, Gastric Ulcers, and the list goes on.
Dr. Claustro and our team of hygienists stress the importance of keeping your teeth and gums free of debris, acidic biofilm, and bacteria so that you avoid potentially painful tooth decay and minimize other health risks associated with diseases of the oral cavity.
Preventive Dental Services At One Loudoun
Comprehensive Dental Examination of teeth, gums, boney structures, facial muscles and TMJ
Dental X-Rays and Other Diagnostics
Dental Cleanings (Dental Prophylaxis)
Fluoride and Fluoride-Free Preventive Modalities
Wide range of preventive products available to maximize oral health
Basic Oral Health Checklist
Brush at least 2 times per day for 2 minutes each time -- Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ask us if an electric toothbrush is right for you.
Clean in between your teeth regularly -- Floss, floss picks, waterpicks -- we are here to help you choose what works best for you!
Visit your dentist at least 2 times a year for an exam and cleaning -- It can save your smile and your life. Click here to learn more about Oral Cancer and the importance of early detection.
Be mindful of your diet. Acidic and sugary foods can contribute to an increased risk for tooth decay. Proper oral hygiene practices and the regular use of fluoride can help balance this risk so you can still enjoy your favorite foods in moderation!
Pay attention to your mouth! Bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, bad breath, and dry mouth can be signs of an infection or underlying systemic condition -- schedule an exam with Dr. Claustro if you notice any of these seemingly benign symptoms to minimize your risks.
FAQ: Basic Oral Hygiene
Q: How often should I switch out my tooth brush?
A: Dr. Claustro and our Ashburn, VA Dental Team recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles are visibly frayed. Overly-worn bristles are no longer able to sweep away the sticky biofilm covering your teeth, adequately massage your gums, or reach into the tight spaces in between your teeth.
Q: Why do I need to see the dentist every 6 months?
A: More than most other surfaces on or in our body, our mouths are used extensively throughout the day and are exposed to a number of traumas, forces, chemicals, and microbes. This means that problems can arise quickly and become progressively worse if not detected and treated early. During your Periodic Examination with Dr. Claustro, she will evaluate changes in your medical history, screen for oral cancer, discuss daily habits that may affect your oral health, and make recommendations based on her findings. Consistent monitoring can save your wallet and your life!
Q: I was told that I have Gum Disease. Why should do I need to come in more often than 6 months?
A: If Dr. Claustro has diagnosed you with the chronic bacterial infection known as Periodontal Disease (often referred to as gum disease), she recommends that you be cared for by our hygienists every 3-4 months depending on the severity of your condition and your risk for tooth loss. While you will continue to get periodic exams every 6 months, additional visits for Periodontal Maintenance (a more therapeutic “cleaning”) in order to control the bacterial population colonizing underneath your gumline. Visit our page on Periodontal Disease to learn more about this painless-yet-risky condition how you can avoid and manage the disease.