Happy & Healthy

Dental Exam and Check Up

Dental Exam and Check Up Alexandria VA

Happy & Healthy

Dental Exam and Check Up

Dental Exam and Check Up Alexandria VA

Dental Exam and Check Up

in Alexandria, VA

You should not wait until you are experiencing tooth pain, or you accidentally chip or break a tooth, to visit your dentist. Regular dental exams and check-ups with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA are the best way to avoid emergency appointments from infections, cavities, or gum pain. Some emergencies cannot be avoided, like an accident or a sporting encounter. But common issues like tooth decay, oral cancer and gum disease can all be detected early and treated avoiding future problems with regular preventative dental exams and checkups. As Benjamin Franklin stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for a preventative dental exam and checkup.

Who Should Have Regular Dental Exams and Check Ups?

The short answer is absolutely everyone. Every member of the family, from the children with their baby teeth to the grandparents with full sets of dentures should visit INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA every six months. These exams compliment the at-home oral hygiene habits of daily brushing and flossing. Children can be even more susceptible to cavities, and baby teeth need constant supervision to make sure they are coming in properly without decay or disease. Even though your child will lose their baby teeth, that first set is equally as important as their permanent teeth.

As for the adults in your family, consistent dental exams and checkups are essential habits to start and maintain throughout life. As you grow from a young adult to adult to a senior citizen, your risk for oral infection increases with age. As your teeth age, the enamel weakens making it easier to get cavities. At-home brushing and flossing practices will help keep your mouth remain healthy, and INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA can complement your efforts by performing a more thorough cleaning and screen for more serious oral issues.

An Awareness of a Possible Deep Teeth Cleaning

Sometimes, even adults who diligently brush and floss twice a day, visit INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA twice a year, and maintain healthy diets, still experience problems with gum disease. If we detect gum disease at a dental exam and checkup, we will recommend a more thorough cleaning involving cleaning below the gum line. This procedure is called scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning, and it will remove tartar buildup and bacteria from below the gums which is the source of the inflammation of your gums. If the infection, or gingivitis, is not addressed it will progress to more serious stages of gum disease which can include tooth and bone loss.


Even with the best of diligence to maintain your oral health things don’t go as planned. Once in a while, and you might find that your teeth need to be restored or replaced. Missing, cracked, damaged, or even decayed teeth will dull your smile. Did you know it can also affect your oral health? At Inspire Dental of Alexandria we offer restorative dentistry to ensure that your teeth and oral health are back to their former state.


It is important to feel confident in your smile, because being confident in your smile means being confident in yourself. Despite this, many people walk around every day, resigned to the fact that their smile is what it is and there is really nothing they can do to change it. But what if that was not the case? What if improving the aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of your smile was easier than you thought?


Almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option if you are in this situation. However, there have been continual technological advancements regarding different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming both a common and popular procedure to restore a missing tooth or teeth.

The Expectations during a Regular Dental Exam and Check-up

During your visit with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, we will examine your teeth with several small handheld dental tools. These will also help us perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and mouth and execute various examinations of different aspects of your mouth for oral issues.

  • Tooth decay- First and foremost, we will check each tooth for weakening enamel, cracks, chips, or areas of serious plaque buildup which are signs of decay and eventual infection and cavities.
  • X-rays- These important images show us what is going on below the surface of your gums. X-rays will show us the density of a tooth, how the root structure looks, and if there are tumors, growths, cysts, or suspected decay. Once we have more than one set of x-rays to compare from prior visits to your current visit, we can have more data to monitor your progression and ongoing dental health.
  • Gum disease – We will exam your gums and the teeth near the gum line closely to check for periodontal disease.
  • Existing restorations- We will exam the condition of any fillings, crowns, or other tooth restorations for signs of serious wear which also can cause infection or future issues.
  • Oral cancer screening- We will deliberately exam your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, lips, and throat for any signs of cancer or abnormal growths to investigate further.
  • Continuing Education- Our team will review with you the best ways to keep your mouth healthy at home. This may begin with how to brush and floss certain areas of your mouth that need more attention. We may review tips to keep your mouth healthy that might include avoiding sugar, adequate water intake and foods to add that deliver the nutrients you need to keep a healthy smile.


5 star

My family has been seeing Dr. White through more than a decade of teeth cleanings, tooth injuries, teeth grinding, cavities, caps, root canal... you name it. The office is 30 minutes away but we wouldn't consider another dentist office. It's not just that Dr. White is a great professional, it's that he and his family run a great office. Scheduling, insurance, hygienists, hours -- everything about interacting with them is first rate.Everybody is knowledgeable, thorough, and kind. They take major insurance, and have even given me advice on which options to select. ...and Dr. White is a big Nats fan, which is a bonus in my book any day.


Alexandria, VA

Keep Your Dental Exams and Check Ups to The Suggested Minimum

Absolutely no one can avoid the dentist all together, but you can certainly keep your dental exams to a minimum. Brushing at home twice a day, for two minutes each time, with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush is a terrific start. Flossing once a day will help remove any food particles left behind and loosens the plaque building up between the teeth. You can add a rinse with mouth wash or antibacterial rinse to help the gums stay healthy and disease free. Eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and avoiding high sugar and high acid foods will help you maintain just two preventative dental exams a year.

Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation regarding a dental exam and checkup.  High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.


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