Dentist Washington DC

General Dentistry in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS, has the experience to solve routine dental problems, as well as complete complex procedures for patients in the Washington, D.C. area. The goal of Dr. Catanzano and his team is to give our patients highly personalized care and peace of mind knowing their oral health is being carefully monitored. Our team of professionals is happiest when getting to know patients as individuals.

It is suggested that patients should be seen for a professional hygiene treatment and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by their dentist. Our thorough exams can catch problems before they become bigger ones, like detecting an unseen cavity before it turns into a root canal. Digital x-rays may also be taken so we can review the health of your mouth with you. Dr. Catanzano and his dental team are dedicated to providing high-quality care in a warm and friendly dental office.

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General Dentistry in Washington, D.C.

The Importance of Preventative Care

Preventative care is the base of your oral health. It’s what keeps your mouth healthy and how you prevent further issues with your smile. Preventative care doesn’t just happen in the dentist office. It has to be something that’s prominent in your routine at home as well. We provide patient education on the best techniques and oral health products so that you can have the best when you’re at home.

At home, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. This helps prevent buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth, so you can avoid tooth decay and gum disease. A balanced diet is also important for your oral health. Avoid consuming too many sugary or starchy foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are fibrous and can help clean between your teeth when you chew them. Make sure you have a dedicated oral healthcare routine.

But even if you take the best care of your teeth at home, you still need to come to the dentist office. Brushing and flossing take care of most of your teeth, but there are still nooks and crannies where those tools don’t reach. Our specialized dental tools are designed to get into the places your normal toothbrush can’t reach. Without dental cleanings, you’re still susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup in those areas.

It isn’t just the cleaning portion that makes a visit to the dentist important. We also do a complete oral exam at your regular appointments. We track the changes to your mouth between appointments and see how you’re developing. Oral health problems like gum disease don’t have early symptoms that are painful, so you might not notice you have them. We’re trained to notice these early signs so that you can have cheaper and less-invasive treatment options.

Age-Specific Dental Care

At our office, we provide care for patients of all ages. The problems that hit toddlers the hardest won’t be the ones that impact adults the most. For children, tooth decay is the biggest worry. Kids are more likely to have diets high in sugar, and they aren’t as adept at their oral healthcare routine. We offer patient education to ensure you have the best information for their oral health. Dental sealants may also be recommended. They’re painted onto the teeth the most likely to develop cavities, acting as an extra buffer to protect the tooth.

Into adolescence and adulthood, you run into issues with wisdom teeth. Usually, our mouths don’t have room for this extra set of molars. We typically recommend tooth extraction in these situations, giving your mouth the room it needs. Tooth removal may be needed for orthodontic purposes, too. Our office provides Invisalign as a subtle way to straighten your smile. Instead of metal brackets and wires, we give you clear plastic aligners.

The years take their toll on every part of the body as we age, including our teeth. As we age, our teeth wear down and chip, and the off-white dentin layer under the enamel is revealed. Lifestyle habits can stain your teeth, too. Seniors are the age group that’s most likely to experience tooth loss. We offer multiple solutions to take years off of your smile. Dental treatments can replace missing teeth and correct the cosmetic issues that develop over the years.

General Dentistry Services

Emergency Dentistry

Are you feeling severe tooth pain? Has your dental bridge or denture broken? Call our Washington, D.C. office for treatment at 202-315-2188. Dr. Catanzano and his team are experienced in treating difficult or complex dental problems. We are here to coordinate proper care.

If your emergency is happening during business hours, call our office to discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment. We will return your message as soon as possible and do our best to schedule an appointment for you the following day. Common dental emergencies that we treat can include a knocked-out tooth, severe tooth pain, and an abscess or infection.


Are you in need of a custom mouthguard for contact sports? When professionally crafted, sports mouthguards minimize the risk of injury, concussions, and trauma. If properly fitted, mouthguards allow patients to speak more clearly and prevent chipped, damaged, and knocked-out teeth. Furthermore, over-the-counter ill-fitting mouthguards do not offer an appropriate fit. Professional mouthguards crafted by a dentist and their team offer a safer option for patients.

Tooth Extraction

In severe situations, we may recommend removing wisdom teeth and teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, and decayed. Following an extraction, Dr. Catanzano will recommend restorative and cosmetic treatment. Common treatment options include Invisalign, full and partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano also offers a wide range of dental services to the Washington, D.C. area.

Request an Appointment

If you require a sports mouthguard or need a tooth extracted, contact our Washington, D.C. office at 202-315-2188. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Catanzano on our dental website.