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What Are the Benefits of Regular Dental Exams?
By routinely coming to our office for dental exams, you’ll be keeping your teeth and gums healthy, which is essential if you want your smile to last a lifetime. It’s also essential to keep your natural teeth in order to chew properly and speak clearly. While you can replace missing teeth, it is far less expensive to take care of the ones you already have. We agree with the American Dental Association’s recommendation that you have an exam every six months, although we understand many of our new patients may not have seen a dentist in several years. We will put you at ease and get you back on track. During your dental exam, our dentist will:
- Order x-rays
- Check your teeth for decay, cracks and chips
- Look for loose teeth
- Check your gums
- Evaluate your bite and look for signs you grind your teeth in your sleep
- Ensure existing restorations are not loose
- Screen for oral cancer
After your exam, your dentist will discuss his or her findings with you. You can ask questions about suggested treatment options, if your dentist has found anything wrong, and decide whether you will have the work done. If you need a dental exam in Capitol Heights, please phone our office for an appointment. We welcome new patients.
Who Has Experience with Gum Disease Treatment and Teeth Cleanings?
A professional teeth cleaning will remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) which build up on your teeth despite twice daily brushing and once daily flossing. Plaque contains bacteria that will cause cavities, and tartar can cause gum inflammation if it isn’t removed by a dentist or a dental hygienist using special instruments. Once the plaque and tartar is gone, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste that can remove minor stains. Afterward, he or she will floss your teeth and have you rinse. You may have a fluoride solution applied to protect your teeth. Once finished, your breath will be fresh and your teeth will look brighter.
We strongly recommend you have your teeth cleaned twice a year before your dental exam. When plaque and especially tarter isn’t removed, the bacteria they contain can irritate your gums. You can recognize gingivitis, or inflamed gums, if your gums are bright red and they bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis can be reversed with a dental cleaning and daily brushing and flossing. Ignoring gingivitis may lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease. Periodontal treatment is more invasive, but it is essential, otherwise, the bacteria will eat away at the bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.
What’s the Best Way to Cure Bad Breath?
There are many over-the-counter products that promise fresh breath. Nevertheless, your best weapon against bad breath is practicing good oral hygiene. Your dentist will suggest a dental cleaning to remove plaque buildup and recommendations for specific products and practices. Plaque often rests on the back of the tongue where it causes foul-smelling breath. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to gently brush your tongue with a soft toothbrush. Dental problems, such as cavities, and loose fillings, can make it difficult to keep your mouth clean. Your dentist can fix these issues so plaque cannot become trapped inside your teeth. If you have gum disease, this can also cause bad breath. Contact our office and make an appointment to talk to a dentist about the best way to treat your bad breath. In a small percentage of cases, a dentist will rule out oral causes and he or she will recommend you see your doctor to check for diseases known to cause bad breath, such as acid reflux.
Why Do Dentists Encourage Oral Cancer Screenings?
During your routine exam, your dentist will check for sores, abnormal tissue and lumps. He or she knows oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day in the U.S. Early detection while the cancer is in its early stages allows treatment to start right away, when you have the best chance of being cured. Without a screening, you may not notice the early signs because there is no pain when the cancer is in its early stage. Adults should have an oral cancer screening every year even if they have no risk factors. At our office, you will have your screening during your routine six-month exam; its painless and takes only a few minutes.
For a dental exam in Capitol Heights by a dentist who cares about your oral health, contact our office for a convenient appointment. We look forward to meeting you.