Premier Dental Care is your local Washington family dentist office, and we welcome patients throughout the District of Columbia to schedule an appointment and experience first-hand how we keep everyone in the family in optimal oral health. Our office is conveniently located, and we treat patients of all ages in a warm and welcoming environment.

Dr. Hines is an expert dentist committed to improving the overall experience of our patients as much as possible. We understand that visiting a new dentist can make patients unsure about what they will experience, and we work diligently to ensure that patients throughout the 20012 enjoy their visit – every time. This means that from the moment you enter the Premier Dental Care offices, you will be greeted with a warm smile and welcomed by our friendly staff. To schedule your appointment, call (202) 793-7857. If you reach us after hours or on the weekend, we will do our best to return calls as quickly as possible.

Here are some at-home tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy between routine visits:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. Use a timer or play a song that lasts 2 minutes every time you brush.
  • Brush softly. Brushing too hard, especially with a hard toothbrush, can ruin the enamel on your teeth.
  • Floss, floss, floss. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough. If you really want to be an expert flosser, floss BEFORE you brush to help dislodge anything below the gum line.Change your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if you’ve been sick.
  • Pamper yourself with a high-tech rotary toothbrush. They clean better than those ol’ manual brushes.
  • Chew gum. (Just make sure it’s sugar free!) If you can’t brush your teeth in between meals, gum can help keep your teeth cleaner than if you did nothing at all.

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Philosophy of Care

Dr. Hines and the staff at Premier Dental Care focus on keeping patients throughout DC in good oral health so that they can live a full, healthy, and enjoyable life that is free from oral pain. This starts with preventative care and educating our patients on what they can do to stay healthy at home, including a healthy diet that consists of lean protein, green leafy vegetables, dairy products, nuts, and crunchy fruits and veggies. Eating these foods, along with drinking plenty of water, can keep teeth healthy and make them stronger. When patients also reduce sugar intake, they can reduce their risk of cavities.

It is also important to brush and floss throughout the day instead of waiting for bedtime. Carrying a small toothbrush and using it after meals and snacks helps remove sugar and bacteria from the teeth and gums before they turn into acid that can attack the teeth. This easy preventative step can greatly reduce a person’s risk of getting a cavity or gum disease. Dr. Hines believes that education is essential for living a long and healthy life, even beyond oral care, and takes the time to educate and inform patients about these benefits.

Visit our Washington Family Dentist Office

Everyone should have their teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year, so if it has been awhile since you visited a dentist, don’t delay. We welcome patients throughout the Washington DC area to schedule an appointment with our family dentist office by calling (202) 793-7857. During your exam, Dr. Hines will make sure that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and look for any signs of cavities or gum disease. Early detection and treatment are important for reducing any pain that may come as a result of an infection, so we’ll treat any problems right away — before they can spread and create additional problems. For example, gum disease that is caught early can be treated with a thorough deep cleaning. Left undiagnosed, however, it may require surgery to correct it.

Because we believe that regular dental exams are so important, the staff at Premier Dental Care works to make each patient extremely comfortable. This includes being welcoming and kind, as well as performing dental treatments in a way that is painless and relaxing. Patients throughout the District of Columbia visit our dentist office because they trust us to do just that – take care of their teeth and gums, gently. While the majority of our patients are local and come from the 20012 area, we also see patients from throughout the state that are looking for expert, gentle dental care.

We Treat All Age Groups

We treat adults, children, and seniors at Premier Dental Care with the understanding that each age group requires a different approach as their dental needs and oral health change with time.

For children, our top priority is to make them feel comfortable and relaxed so that they will enjoy visiting our dentist office and be willing to come back. Dr. Hines knows that it is far easier to keep a child’s teeth healthy and free from cavities than to try and get them comfortable with a major dental treatment. So when we see young patients, we’re on their schedule — we go as slowly as necessary to ensure that their appointments are pleasant. We focus on keeping their teeth healthy and free from cavities, which often involves additional treatments to strengthen and protect their teeth as preventative measures. If you have children, call (202) 793-7857 to schedule an appointment so that they can stay in good oral health as they grow.

For our adult patients, we also focus on keeping teeth healthy with preventative care. However, we also treat a large number of patients who have damaged their teeth and need restorative solutions. It is much easier for the tooth to become cracked or chipped than people think, and once you have your full set of adult teeth, there are no replacements coming in. If a tooth has become damaged, Dr. Hines is an expert at correcting damaged teeth and can restore them in a way that looks and feels completely natural. We regularly get calls from patients throughout Washington DC who need an emergency appointment in order to correct the damage, and we try to accommodate last-minute appointments as much as possible.

Teeth can become weaker and infected more easily with age, and seniors often struggle with gum disease and oral infections. Bone loss is also incredibly common with seniors, but regular dental exams can help seniors to build strong teeth that are less likely to fall out. Since over 70% percent of U.S. adults suffer from tooth loss, preventative care is important.

We welcome patients of all ages from throughout the District of Columbia and the 20012 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hines for high-quality dental care that is painless and comfortable. To schedule an appointment call (202) 793-7857.

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Washington Family Dentist FAQ

Q: Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
A: Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children chew naturally and speak clearly, they also help form a path for permanent teeth to follow when they are ready to come in.

Q: What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A: First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Q: How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
A: Ask your family dentist to evaluate the fluoride level in your child’s primary source of drinking water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water (especially if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then we may prescribe fluoride supplements.

Q: What can I do to protect my teeth during sporting events?
A: Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard will not only protect your teeth from injuries, but may even provide protection from severe head injuries.

Q: How safe are dental X-rays?
A: Dental X-rays carry very little risk, and family dentists are especially careful to minimize the amount of radiation to which you and your family are exposed by using lead aprons and high-speed film. Digital x-rays provide an even greater level of protection by using up to 90% less radiation.

Q: How do dental sealants work?
A: Sealants work by filling in any crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.