Oral Health Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Woodbridge, VA

When it comes to preserving optimal oral health for life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why top-rated family dentist Sowmya Punaji, DDS, of Legacy Dental Care stresses the importance of having regular dental cleanings and oral exams for patients of all ages, as well as deep cleanings for those who require more extensive preemptive care. To schedule your next cleaning and exam, call her Woodbridge, Virginia, office today.

Oral Health Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

You already know that you should brush and floss at least twice a day to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, but achieving optimal oral health goes beyond maintaining daily oral hygiene habits. 

Routine dental cleanings and oral exams form the cornerstone of preventive dentistry, the vital area of dental care that helps catch minor oral health problems early on before they develop into more serious conditions. 

Having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth clean and decay-free, largely because professional dental equipment and techniques can get rid of plaque far more effectively than your own toothbrush. 

Dental experts also have the skills and tools required to remove tartar, or calcified plaque, which you can’t get rid of on your own, no matter how well you brush. Keeping tartar off your teeth is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease and tooth loss. 


What are other benefits of regular dental care?

By reducing your risk of developing advanced tooth decay or gum disease, routine cleanings and exams promote long-term oral health and wellness. Regular dental care also provides myriad immediate benefits, including:

A vibrant smile

Seeing Dr. Punaji as recommended is the best way to keep your enamel white and bright. Only a professional cleaning can remove the kind of discoloration caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and other tooth-staining substances.

Fresh breath

Because in-office cleanings help keep plaque and bacteria to a minimum, regular professional dental care can go a long way in helping you prevent or resolve bad breath. 

Improved oral hygiene

Dr. Punaji can let you know where your brushing and flossing routine appears to fall short and offer recommendations on improving your technique. 

Better health

Did you know that your oral health is connected to your physical health? Keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible is a good way to reduce your risk of developing a serious chronic illness like heart disease.

How often should I see the dentist?

Preventive dentistry isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. When determining how often you should have a professional cleaning and exam, Dr. Punaji considers your current oral health needs as well as your oral health history and personal oral hygiene habits. Certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, may also influence how often you should see Dr. Punaji. 

Most patients are able to maintain excellent oral health by having a preventive dental cleaning and exam once every six months; if your teeth and gums are healthy and your oral hygiene habits are stellar, you may only need to see Dr. Punaji once a year. 

To learn more about the many benefits of maintaining optimal oral health, call Legacy Dental Care today.