Routine dental visits that start at an early age are a critical component of lifelong oral health. Getting a checkup and cleaning every six months helps promote good oral hygiene and ensure problems with teeth are detected early. Deidra Kokel, DDS provides dental checkups and cleanings for your entire family at her practice in Leesburg, Virginia. Whether you’re a current patient of Deidra Kokel, DDS or need a new family dentist, call or click today to schedule a dental checkup.
Dental checkups and cleanings every six months are essential to maintaining good oral health. Deep cleanings remove plaque, bacteria, and persistent stains — that you can’t get rid of with regular brushing and flossing — to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr. Kokel also takes X-rays and examines your teeth to catch any issues that might require dental work or referrals to specialists, such as periodontists or oral surgeons.
Dental checkups give Dr. Kokel an opportunity to educate your children on how to take care of their teeth, so they can start good habits early. Understanding the importance of brushing and flossing now helps prevent many dental problems later. Children should receive their first dental cleaning at age three, and every six months after that.
Dr. Kokel has extensive experience treating children of all ages, including those with special needs, and knows how to help them feel at ease when visiting the dentist. Your child’s first full dental cleaning should happen at age three. At pediatric dental cleanings, Dr. Kokel offers a fluoride treatment to strengthen your child’s teeth and sealants to protect your child’s growing molars from cavities.
For older children whose permanent teeth are coming in, dental checkups reinforce good habits and help determine if it’s time for braces.
You can prevent most dental problems by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Dr. Kokel provides information about what foods to eat and avoid to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
Dr. Kokel also offers you and your children advice on how to take care of teeth between office visits. These instructions include proper brushing and flossing techniques, which can be difficult for kids with braces and adults with conditions like arthritis.
If your child plays sports, Dr. Kotel indicates how and why to use a mouthguard.
To help you and your family enjoy lifelong dental health, call or click to schedule an appointment with Deidra Kokel, DDS today.