(410) 346-2350

Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

What Happens at a Routine Dental Exam?

Scheduling regular dental exams is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We want you to have a smile that you are proud to show off. Dentists can catch small issues before they become expensive emergencies. If you have a dental concern, we will address your issue first and offer a comprehensive dental exam on your subsequent visit. Your exam will include:

  • X-rays
  • An inspection of all of your teeth for decay, chips and cracks
  • A check for loose teeth
  • An evaluation of your gum health
  • An inspection of existing restorations
  • A screening for signs of oral cancer
  • A check for evidence that you grind your teeth

After your dental exam, your dentist will tell you what he or she found and suggest treatment. We will always tell you if recommended treatments are necessary or elective. For a comprehensive dental exam in Columbia, contact us to make an appointment. We welcome new patients to our friendly dental practice.

Where Do I Get Teeth Cleanings and Gum Disease Treatment?

Even if you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If you’re not diligent about your dental hygiene, a teeth cleaning is even more important. After your cleaning, your teeth will look significantly brighter, and teeth cleanings are important for your oral health as well as cosmetic reasons. Removing plaque and tartar helps prevent cavities and gum disease, two common dental diseases. Most patients find a dental cleaning painless.

Gum disease will start as gingivitis, characterized by gums that bleed easily and are bright red, not a healthy pink color. Gingivitis is usually reversible with a dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Untreated gingivitis may turn into periodontal disease. If your gums recede, you will most likely need periodontal treatment to save your teeth. When you have advanced gum disease and don’t get treatment, bacteria eats away at the support structure of your teeth until they become loose. We offer treatments for periodontal disease that can stop the damage.

Why Should I Worry About Getting an Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer can be deadly; almost 10,000 people die from it each year. These are usually individuals who were not diagnosed until their cancer was in its later stages. You should make it a priority to have a screening for oral cancer because the disease is highly treatable if caught early. A screening literally only takes a few minutes, it is painless and your dentist will perform the screening as part of your dental check-up. A screening for oral cancer can literally save your life. Call us immediately if you notice a sore that hasn’t healed after several weeks, rough patches of skin or whitish patches in your mouth.

If you’re looking for a dental practice where you can get a cleaning, a dental exam in Columbia and screening for mouth cancer in one no-hassle visit, call us to schedule an appointment.

Office Hours

  • Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Office Hours

  • Monday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Appointment request

New patients are welcome! To request an appointment use our online form or call:

(410) 346-2350

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Dental One Associates of Columbia

10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 346-2350

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