COVID-19 Safety Message: Visit our practice with confidence – your safety is our top concern.
We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. 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.
Do You Need a Dental Exam?
Dental exams help you protect your oral health and feel confident smiling. Besides offering dental checkups, we offer a wide range of dental services from our skilled dental providers. While we know that many people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist each year, we urge you not to wait until your teeth hurt. Oral health issues from decay to oral cancer don’t cause pain until they are advanced and more difficult to treat. We enjoy meeting new patients, regardless of how long it has been since your last dental exam. When you have your initial examination, you can expect to have diagnostic x-rays taken and:
- Each tooth checked for decay, cracks and chips
- Your gum health evaluated
- Existing restorations checked
- Your bite checked
- A screening for oral cancer
We offer comprehensive dental exams to understand your current oral health. We normally suggest our patients have an exam every six months; however, we may adjust the frequency based on the results of your initial exam. If you need to find a dental practice for a dental exam in Pikesville, please phone our office to arrange an appointment.
Does a Dental Office Offer Teeth Cleanings and Gum Disease Treatment?
We offer a full range of services. Our dental hygienist offers teeth cleaning services to remove built-up plaque, even for patients who brush and floss daily. Only a dental professional can remove tartar (hardened plaque) at the gum line using special instruments. After your hygienist scrapes off the plaque and tartar, he or she will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste to remove surface stains and make your teeth feel silky smooth. Next, you’ll have your teeth flossed and a fluoride treatment applied.
It’s essential to have built up plaque removed because the bacteria in it can cause decay and gum disease. You can get gingivitis from tartar at your gum line irritating the gum. You may notice your gums bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease if it isn’t treated. If you have periodontal disease, you would need periodontal treatment to save your teeth. We can treat gingivitis with a dental cleaning and suggestions for products to use at home. Phone our office if you need treatment for gum disease.
How Do Dentists Treat Bad Breath?
Chronic bad breath is often the result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque, the sticky substance that coats your teeth after eating, will cause bad breath if it isn’t removed. Our dentist may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash and a tongue scraper to keep your breath pleasant. A dental cleaning can remove plaque buildup, which harbors odor-causing bacteria. If your oral hygiene isn’t a problem, our dentist will check for gum disease and loose tooth restorations, such as crowns and filling. Plaque can hide under loose restorations where your toothbrush cannot reach. Call us today to make an appointment. Our dentist will find the cause of your bad breath and suggest a cure.
Do Dentists Do Oral Cancer Screenings?
During your six-month dental check-up, our dentist will check for symptoms of oral cancer, including, thickening skin, lumps, persistent sores and rough spots in your mouth. Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Your chances of survival increase significantly if oral cancer is caught early. An oral cancer screening is painless, fast and simple. You don’t have to do anything more difficult than sticking out our tongue. If our dentist sees anything unusual, he or she will perform a painless test and send the tissue to a lab for testing.
If you notice anything unusual in your mouth or you need a dental exam in Pikesville, contact us to arrange an appointment.