At Springfield Smiles Family Dental, located in Springfield, Virginia, Dr. Soumyata Heggade provides comprehensive family dentistry services for every member of your family — from children to grandparents. While dental hygiene is important at every stage of life, there are different dental concerns and risks at different stages of life. If you’re looking for a dentist who can serve your whole family, call or make an appointment online today.
A dental checkup is an important part of preventive dental care at every stage of life.
Dr. Heggade checks your teeth for signs of decay or damage and also assesses your gums for any signs of gum disease. She may take X-rays to check your teeth for any damage or decay that isn’t visible to the naked eye.
Dental checkups also typically include a professional dental cleaning where Dr. Heggade — or one of her hygienists — scrapes away any buildup of plaque or tartar and polishes your teeth with a special gritty toothpaste to remove any traces of bacteria and to remove any minor spots.
Dental checkups for your children monitor the growth and development of their teeth, as well as provide preventive care to protect your child’s dental health.
Dr. Heggade checks that their teeth are emerging at the right time and in the correct positions. If she sees signs of malocclusion issues like an overbite or other dental abnormalities, she can recommend orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Heggade encourages children to develop healthy, at-home dental hygiene habits. She has a kind and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry and helps your child feel comfortable and confident in the dentist chair. She explains what she’s doing and why and answers your child’s questions in a way they can easily understand.
Adult dental care is also preventive, but the potential issues are slightly different for adults. Instead of developmental issues, Dr. Heggade offers diagnosis and treatment for signs of wear and decay on the teeth as well as cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of your smile.
Dental X-rays are a safe and effective tool for identifying dental issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
For example, if you have decay on in the inside of your tooth that is causing pain and sensitivity, the damage may not be visible on the exterior of your tooth and an X-ray is the only way for Dr. Heggade to see issues inside your teeth.
X-rays also show how your teeth are sitting in your jaw and if there are any structural issues in your jaw.
If you or any member of your family is due for a dental checkup, call or book an appointment online today.