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Where Can I Get a Dental Exam in Bradenton?
We pride ourselves on having a dental office where we make new patients feel welcome from the moment they arrive. Getting regular dental exams, along with consistent at home oral hygiene, are the easiest ways to keep your smile healthy and attractive. We are a prevention-oriented office; our dentists prefer to show our patients how to avoid dental disease rather than treat the disease.
A comprehensive dental exam at our office starts with x-rays so your dentist can see inside and in between your teeth. We don’t take x-rays unnecessarily; you will not have x-rays taken at every exam. Next, each tooth is examined individually, followed by an evaluation of your gum health. Your dentist will also look for early signs of oral cancer throughout your mouth, including your throat. When your exam is finished, our dentist will review his or her findings with you. If you need a cavity filled or other work, you’ll learn about your treatment options. Our dentists are easy to talk to; you can explain why you cannot choose the option that is best for your dental health at this time without feeling embarrassed.
Contact us if you would like to make an appointment for a dental exam at a judgment-free office. We understand that it may have been a while since you have last seen a dentist. You’ll find our dentist, along with the rest of our staff, friendly and easy to talk to. We like to get to know our patients as people, not just a set of teeth. We hope you will take the time to get to know us as well.
Does a Professional Teeth Cleaning Help Prevent You from Needing Gum Disease Treatment?
Professional dental cleanings by a dentist or a dental hygienist remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque) and minor stains from your teeth. It’s impossible to remove all the plaque from your teeth by brushing and flossing. The professional cleaning prevents tartar buildup at the gum line, which leads to gingivitis and eventually, gum disease. You should have your teeth cleaned every six to twelve months to reduce your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Plaque buildup at the gum line causes irritation, swelling and it may cause your gums to bleed when you brush your teeth. Call our office if you have gingivitis; a dental cleaning can reverse the disease. Untreated gingivitis may lead to periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease that will attack the bone and tissues that hold your teeth firmly in your mouth. If you develop advanced gum disease, periodontal treatment, such as a deep cleaning, is essential to save your teeth. A deep cleaning removes tartar underneath your gums. Surgery is a last resort. We will do everything possible to help you save your natural teeth.
Can I Get a Bad Breath Remedy from a Dentist?
Chronic bad breath or halitosis can make you feel less confident and embarrassed when people get too close. The easiest way to treat chronic bad breath is to brush after every meal and floss daily. Our dentist will go over your hygiene routine with you and possibly suggest products for you to use at home, including an anti-bacterial mouthwash. A dental cleaning can help, as you’ll start with a fresh, clean mouth. Once the hygienist polishes your teeth, they will be smooth and easier to keep clean.
Drink lots of water; when saliva does not flow, plaque sticks to your teeth. The bacteria in plaque can cause unpleasant odors. Medications that dry out your mouth may also cause bad breath. You can also chew sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist. Dental decay and gum disease can also cause bad breath, so our dentist will check for these as well.
Why Is an Oral Cancer Screening an Important Part of My Dental Exam?
Oral cancer screenings save lives. Your chance of developing oral cancer greatly increases if you use tobacco or drink alcohol. People who use both are at the greatest risk; however, oral cancer isn’t limited to these individuals. The five-year survival rate is considerably higher when a doctor or dentist catches oral cancer in its early stages. The screening only takes a few minutes, and it is completely painless. Our dentist screens patients for signs of oral cancer during routine exams. Areas he or she will check include your mouth, tongue, throat, tonsils and gums.
For a dental exam in Bradenton that includes a screening for oral cancer, call us today to schedule your exam. Nothing makes us happier than seeing new patients that are proud of their smile once again.