Dental Appointments: 804-285-0986

508 Libbie Ave, Richmond, VA View Location

Preventive Care

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Optimal dental health starts with prevention and we are especially concerned with all aspects of preventive care. Patients can help prevent oral health problems with daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional cleanings, examinations and an oral health care plan. We help all our patients develop a plan for lifelong oral health. However, some patients may still develop problems and we provide them with the professional intervention needed to stop the progression.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Falls and his staff are here to help you achieve the best oral hygiene possible. Developing a relationship with patients is part of Dr. Falls’ commitment to helping his patients feel comfortable with a lifetime of excellent dental care.

Professional Cleanings

Professional cleanings are done by Dr. Falls. By performing the cleanings himself, Dr. Falls feels that he can get to know his patients and their oral health needs more fully and ultimately provide the best care possible for his patients. Cleanings include removal of calculus or tartar, and removal of plaque. Tooth polishing is done by Linda, the Dental Assistant.

Periodontal Health

Periodontal disease or the disease of the gums and surrounding tissue is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When left untreated, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) can spread to below the gum line. When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue. Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease.

If periodontal disease is found, Dr. Falls may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment to help prevent pockets from developing. Occasionally antibiotics are necessary to alleviate infection that is found.

Regular Check-ups

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at each visit which will include oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, examination of tooth decay and examination of existing restorations.

Sealants

Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (premolars and molars), to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants.