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Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.



Elements of a Dental Cleaning

August 15, 2016
Posted By: Cerina W Fairfax, DDS
Dental Cleanings in Fairfax VA | Dr. Fairfax & Associates

Is it time for your next dental cleaning and you are looking for a dentist in Fairfax, VA? At Dr. Fairfax and Associates, we are currently welcoming new patients of all ages to join our dental family. 

The funny thing about dental cleanings is that you can never see what’s going on during the procedure. If you are wondering about the elements of a dental cleaning, keep reading!

Dental Cleaning Process

We “measure” your gum health. You will probably hear measurements such as one, two, and three during the first part of your dental cleaning. What our hygienist is measuring is the depth of the pocketing in your gums. Healthy gums cling snugly to your teeth and create a tight seal. When deeper pocketing occurs, it allows for the collection of oral bacteria, causing a gum infection known as periodontal disease.

When we catch periodontal disease early, we may even be able to reverse it!

Our gentle and thorough hygiene department will remove the tartar and bacteria from your teeth and just below your gumline. We pride ourselves in providing comfortable dental cleanings that help keep you healthy and looking your best. Once we remove the tartar from your teeth, we will use a special polisher to remove any residual tartar and surface stains from your teeth so that you leave with that smooth, fresh feeling only a professional dental cleaning can provide.

At least once a year, we will take x-rays of your teeth to look for signs of decay. Dental x-rays are extremely safe and help us see what the naked eye alone cannot detect. By having regular dental x-rays, which will be evaluated by our dentist, you are taking one of the very best steps toward protecting your smile.

Dental Cleanings in Fairfax

If you are looking for a dentist in Fairfax, VA, we welcome you and your family to come in and meet our team!

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