Dental One Associates of Frederick
45 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 105, Frederick, MD 21702
Are you looking for a dental practice where you can get a dental exam in Frederick to protect your oral health? A dental exam can help you look your best with a confident, healthy smile. We offer a broad range of dental services with an emphasis on preventative care. Regardless of when you last had a dental exam, we will strive to put you at ease. Before your initial exam, we will ask about your medical history and take diagnostic x-rays. During your exam, your dentist will look for issues related to:
After your dental exam, you’ll get to discuss the results with your dentist. If you need any dental work, your dentist will explain what you need and what treatment options are available. You’ll also learn your anticipated cost for each option. Feel free to ask about available payment methods and options. If you need a comprehensive dental examination, call our office to arrange an appointment.
If you have dental insurance, most plans cover exams. If your dentist has suggested a treatment or procedure, don’t hesitate to ask about the cost. We understand that it is a concern for many people. We will do everything we can to help you get the quality dental care you need.
Dental cleanings are one of the most important services we provide. Our hygienist uses special instruments to scrape away plaque and tartar in places where it is difficult to reach with a toothbrush. It’s important to have tartar (hardened plaque) removed because it harbors bacteria which can cause decay or gum disease. Once the plaque and tartar is gone, your hygienist will polish your teeth to remove minor stains. Afterward, your teeth will feel silky smooth. Your hygienist will also go over how well you are caring for your teeth and he or she will point out areas where you need improvement. Your hygienist may also suggest a fluoride treatment after your cleaning.
If you visit our office because your gums bleed when you brush your teeth and they are red, not a healthy pink, you probably already have gingivitis. A dental cleaning, along with changes to your at-home oral hygiene routine, can reverse gingivitis. We strongly recommend you seek treatment for gingivitis because it can turn into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has serious consequences; your gums will start to pull away from your teeth and the disease will eat away at the support structures holding your teeth. Without periodontal treatment, your teeth will become loose and you may lose them. If you need treatment for gingivitis or periodontal disease, contact our office.
Bad breath is often embarrassing, but you are not alone in worrying about how your breath smells. Many people have chronic bad breath, or halitosis. The best way to cure bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene consistently and to see a dentist for a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Your dentist will go over your oral hygiene routine and make recommendations for improving it. Your dentist will also look for gum disease, which also causes bad breath. People who have a chronically dry mouth also have bad breath because they don’t produce enough saliva to wash away bits of food after they eat. A dentist can offer medication or artificial saliva to cure your dry mouth or you can try chewing on sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, call us to make an appointment with one of our dentists.
Patients often wonder why our dentists include an oral cancer screening with dental exams. It does not mean your dentist suspects cancer; screenings are precautionary. Many people don’t realize how prevalent oral cancer is; in fact, it accounts for five percent of all diagnosed cases of cancer in the nation. It is also a deadly cancer unless caught early, which is why our dentists screen all adult patients. One person dies every hour from the disease in the United States. Catching oral cancer early greatly increases your chance of being cured. A screening for oral cancer is painless, and it gives your dentist the opportunity to explain the early signs of oral cancer so you can perform a self-screening monthly. Symptoms of oral cancer include a sore that won’t heal, whitish or reddish patches of skin inside your mouth, pain swallowing and unexplained numbness. Call our office if you notice anything abnormal so our dentist can check it out.
Call our office today to schedule your screening for oral cancer and dental exam in Frederick.