Your dental health is important, and our patients’ safety is our top priority. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and all CDC guidelines very closely.
How Often Do I Need a Routine Dental Exam?
We offer dental exams to help prevent cavities and other dental diseases. We suggest you come in every six months unless your dentist feels you have risk factors that would make more frequent exams necessary. If you have not had an exam in a while, do not worry about us lecturing you. Our goal is to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable about coming in to see us. Delaying exams may lead to dental problems which are painful and more expensive to treat. During your exam. your dentist will evaluate your oral health by:
- Reviewing your X-rays
- Checking your teeth
- Looking at your gum health
- Checking your bite
- Checking existing restorations, such as fillings and crowns
- Looking for signs of oral cancer
- Going over your oral hygiene habits and suggesting improvements
During your dental exam, you can also discuss any concerns you may have. We also encourage you to ask our staff if you have questions about scheduling, payment methods or insurance. If your dentist finds any problems during your exam, he or she will develop a treatment plan to get your dental health back on track and create a schedule for future dental exams. You can expect your exam to take about 50 minutes. Call us today to schedule your initial dental exam in Baltimore.
Where Can I Go for a Dental Cleaning and Treatment for Gum Disease?
A professional teeth cleaning can help prevent cavities and gum disease by removing tartar. It’s impossible to reach everywhere with a toothbrush, so even patients who brush and floss diligently can have plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth. Our dental hygienist will scrape off the tartar and then polish your teeth with a gritty paste that will remove minor surface stains and leave your teeth feeling smooth and clean. He or she will also floss your teeth and provide a fluoride treatment. Cleanings are not usually painful, however, if it has been a long time since your last cleaning and your hygienist has to remove a lot of tartar, our dentist can provide a topical anesthetic to ease your discomfort. Many dental insurance plans will cover a professional cleaning twice a year because of the treatment’s preventative value. For convenience, many of our patients schedule their professional cleaning before their exam.
We also offer gum disease treatment at our dental practice, starting with treatment for gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums become puffy and red and will bleed when you brush your teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, please call our office and request an appointment. Gingivitis is reversible, but if it isn’t treated, it can turn into periodontal disease. Without periodontal treatment to stop the disease’s progression, you can expect your gums to recede and your teeth to become loose as bacteria attacks the support structure holding your teeth in place. In adults over age 35, periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss.
Do Dentists Have a Bad Breath Cure?
Everyone has bad breath occasionally, especially after eating onions or other foods with strong odors, but some individuals have chronic bad breath, or halitosis, regardless of their diet. Poor oral hygiene is usually the cause of chronic bad breath, but halitosis can also signal underlying conditions, such as decay or gum disease, so it’s important to come in for a dental exam to rule out these causes. If poor oral hygiene is the problem, don’t feel embarrassed. Many patients brush three times a day and still have bad breath. Your dentist will suggest a professional cleaning to start you off right and you’ll receive instructions on flossing and keeping your tongue clean, which helps significantly with bad breath. Also, if you smoke, quitting will improve your breath problem. Call our office to make an appointment.
How Important Is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer is a deadly disease unless it is caught early when treatment is usually the most effective. When oral cancer is not caught early it can be disfiguring and even fatal. In the United States, one person dies every hour from oral cancer. Your dentist is in the ideal position to spot oral cancer in its earliest stage; our dentists include a screening during every routine adult exam. The screening is just a visual and tactile inspection; it is neither invasive nor painful. If you notice red patches, sores that won’t heal, lumps or loose teeth in your mouth, please call our office so our dentist can evaluate your symptoms and suggest a biopsy if he or she spots any suspicious tissue. Don’t wait until you need a routine exam; early detection can literally save your life.
To protect your oral health, call our office today to schedule your dental exam in Baltimore.