$69 for a Dental Exam with X-rays and Cleaning at Alexandria Center of Dentistry ($471 Value)

Franconia, Alexandria

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Dentists perform thorough exams and leave smiles sparkling in a friendly and relaxing setting that puts patients at ease

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. New customers only. Must sign waiver. Consultation required; non-candidates and other refund requests will be honored before service provided. Not valid with insurance. Appointment required, 24 hour advance notice required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $69 for a dental exam with x-rays and cleaning ($471 value)

Cavities: Portrait of an Enamel Assassin

One primary purpose of a dental appointment is checking for cavities. To learn exactly how they form, read on.

Cavities—also known as dental caries or simply tooth decay—form as the direct result of two interplaying factors: food and bacteria. As soon as 20 minutes after a meal, more than 500 types of bacteria begin to feast on any refined sugar or starch they can find, producing a potent acid as a byproduct. Tooth enamel is considered the hardest substance in the human body, but if left alone for extended periods, this acid can easily bore its way past the enamel and into the inner layers of the tooth, which house nerves, blood vessels, and minerals worth approximately 25 cents on the fairies’ black market. Cavities can be difficult to notice in time—many don’t exhibit pain in the early stages of development, and they often occur in hard-to-clean spots, such as the small crevices on the top of molars. What’s more, unlike a child’s missing tooth, enamel doesn’t grow back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

In a study conducted in Warwickshire, England, fossilized records showed that only 8% of people living in the Iron Age experienced tooth decay—a stark contrast to today’s 48%. Granted, blacksmiths might have been able to forge strong toothpicks, but there’s a larger culprit to blame: the influx of carbohydrates, sugars, and processed foods that became more common in later humans’ diets. To counter the increase in oral ailments, dentistry evolved from a field that relied solely on bare-knuckle boxing matches to one that delicately treats decay as it appears, most often by removing the acid-eaten portions of the tooth and rebuilding the structure with a cement filling or crown. As always, however, the best offense is a good defense—dentists recommend brushing daily and visiting the office twice a year to prevent cavities from even forming.

Customer Reviews

10 Ratings

The staff is wonderful! Excellent attitudes from the front desk to the dental assistant. The dentist was so polite & professional. I would absolutely return.
Lynsey K. · August 23, 2016
Our experience was a pleasant one. It was a great price, they were very nice and not pushy when it came to optional procedures. I would definitely recommend them.
Jacob D. · June 25, 2015
I had a great experience - very friendly and knowledgeable staff!
Kelsey H. · April 9, 2015
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    Franconia, Alexandria

    6420 Grovedale Drive

    Suite 100-A

    Alexandria, VA 22310

    +17037199305

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