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Review Of Hygiene Visit At Washington Center For Dentistry

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1430 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Photo Credit: lovearchitecturehatebs.wordpress.com)

Last week, I had my first hygiene visit with Rochelle at The Washington Center for Dentistry. When you arrive at their practice, you immediately sense that this is no ordinary dental office. The office melds a luxurious, pristine, comfortable environment with the most high-tech, efficient, effective and innovative diagnostic tools and procedures. As a new patient, I was able to schedule an appointment and complete my new patient forms online. I received a call to confirm my appointment but could opt in to communicate via email and text message.

When I arrived for my appointment I just had to sign some forms electronically, and was then given a new patient goodie bag complete with toothbrush, floss, pen, coffee mug, Hershey’s kisses and welcome letter. I was also offered bottled water and juice while I waited and could use their computers and internet access.

My dental hygenist, Rochelle came to get me and gave me a little tour of the office. Next, she probed my gums to measure the space between my teeth and gums and diagnose possible infection. She also measured for gum recession, and took note of any tooth or gum issues. She was able to use a pen-like device to take photos of some irregularities and then display the image for me to see via the flat screen above my dental chair. She was also able to play informational videos that she felt applied to my particular tooth and gum issues. Washington Center for Dentistry uses the following scale:

0 – Healthy

  • No bleeding while probing
  • Space between teeth and gum 3mm or less
  • No bone loss on xray

1 – Gingivitis (Gum Inflammation)

  • Bleeding while probing
  • Space between teeth and gum 4mm or less
  • No bone loss on xray

2 – Early Periodontal Disease

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  • Bleeding while probing
  • Space between teeth and gum 4 – 5 mm
  • Slight bone loss on xray

3 – Moderate Periodontal Disease

  • Bleeding while probing
  • Space between teeth and gum 5 – 7 mm
  • Moderate bone loss on xray

4 – Severe Periodontal Disease

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  • Bleeding while probing
  • Space between teeth and gum 7mm or more
  • Severe bone loss on xray
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Washington Center for Dentistry

Fortunately, I came in as a 0-1. Rochelle was happy with my brushing and flossing but recommended I purchase an electric tooth brush, which I have.

She also said I should use ACT Anticavity Fluoride rather than Listerine to add some fluoride which will strengthen my teeth and prevent tooth decay. She also recommended I move away from Oral B Glide Floss and use Johnson & Johnson Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss. Apparently, the woven floss is much more effective at removing tartar.

 

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Treatment Room

At The Washington Center for Dentistry, a hygiene visit involves much more than a cleaning. What I learned was that although the eyes may be the window to the soul, the mouth is a window to the body’s well-being. Did you know the state of oral health offers critical clues about overall health? In fact, the first sign of disease often shows up in the mouth. Washington Center for Dentistry closely adheres to research that states the health of the mouth and the health of the body – are connected. This connection has lead to a dramatic change in protocols for routine hygiene care in the dental office. Just as modern medicine no longer tolerates even moderately high cholesterol or high blood pressure, modern dentistry no longer tolerates even moderate inflammation and bleeding in the mouth. This approach reflects findings that oral infections, such  as gum disease can be related to problems in other areas of the body. Bacteria and oral inflammation are linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance abuse

Dr. Daniel Deutsch, the founding Partner of Washington Center for Dentistry took a look at my teeth after Rochelle was finished. Dr. Deutsch noticed that I grind my teeth in my sleep. I know I put a lot of pressure on myself — and from my teeth it’s apparent I put a lot of pressure on my teeth. I may need to get a guard or something to protect them.  After seeing the doctor, Rochelle painted on a fluoride treatment onto my teeth. Washington Center for Dentistry believes in the importance in fluoride for adults — not just children.

According to a study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA), the smile outranked the eyes, hair and body as the most attractive physical feature. Aside from wanting to have a great smile and looking our best, the crucial relationship between oral health and overall health raises the stakes and motivates as never before. Resolve to practice excellent oral hygiene  every day. Make an investment in overall health, not just for today, but for the future, too! Many people fly into Washington, DC for cosmetic dentistry at Washington Center for Dentistry. I highly recommend them  — not just for my Washington, DC based readers, but for anyone looking for the best dental care.

 

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Dr. Daniel J. Deutsch (Photo Credit: Washington Center for Dentistry)

 

WHERE:
Washington Center for Dentistry
1430 K St NW 8th Floor
Washington, D.C., DC 20005
Ph. 202-223-6630

HOURS:
Monday – Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please note: The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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