Our dentists and team are committed to meeting all your oral health needs, and we are happy to welcome patients of all ages to Costa Dentistry. We offer a number of general dental services, including: Our dentists and team are committed to meeting all your oral health needs, and we are happy to care for all kinds of smiles! Our general services include:
We invite you to call us to reserve your free consultation and learn more about general and family dentistry in Brambleton and Great Falls, Virginia.
What is general and family dentistry?
General and family dentistry focuses on preventive care, helping to keep your mouth and smile healthy. Family or general dentists work to provide treatments that prevent dental problems from developing as well as providing treatments to resolve any damage caused to your teeth and smile. General dentistry also emphasizes education so that you can learn the best ways to care for your smile at home.
Why should I visit the dentist regularly?
Visiting the dentist regularly allows you to receive preventive treatments that will hopefully stop dental problems from developing. If a problem does develop, regular dental visits will help to diagnose it as early as possible so that you can receive treatment before any significant damage to your smile or oral health occurs. Regular dental visits also save you money, as treating a problem after the damage has already been done is more expensive than receiving routine preventive care.
Why is flossing important?
Brushing only cleans the surfaces of the teeth. In order to clean between the teeth, you need to floss. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from those areas to help prevent cavities and other problems from developing.
How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day. We recommend that you brush before going to sleep at night. Use an ADA®-approved, soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You should floss daily.
Are dental X-rays safe?
Yes! Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life from the sun. Advances in dentistry continue to make dental X-rays safer with digital imaging technologies, and federal law requires all X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every two years.
When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. Treatments are not usually provided at these visits, rather, the appointment is designed to help your child feel comfortable in the dental office and make sure they are growing and developing correctly.
When should my child receive an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists® (AAO) recommends that children receive an initial orthodontic screening by age 7. This screening will help determine if orthodontic treatment is needed, and if so when it should begin.