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Regular dental exams every six months, along with good oral hygiene habits, can help prevent most dental diseases. At our friendly dental office, we enjoy seeing individuals come in every six months so we can give them good news at each exam. Before your exam, a member of our dental team will ask if there are any changes to make in your medical history or if you are taking any new medications since your last visit.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will be greeted by a friendly face. We go out of our way to be attentive to your needs. If we notice that you look apprehensive, our team will do their best to help you relax and feel comfortable.
During your exam, our dentist will:
- order x-rays if necessary;
- suggest a dental cleaning;
- screen for oral cancer and discuss your risk factors;
- evaluate your risk of decay and gum disease;
- check your bite and look for signs you grind your teeth; and
- inspect any filling or crowns in your mouth to see if they are loose.
After your exam is complete, your dentist will discuss his or her findings with you and ask if you have questions. If you need treatment, our dentist will explain the procedure in language you can understand. Your dentist will also suggest a time for your next exam. If you have a higher than average risk of decay or gum disease, your dentist may want to see you before six months pass.
Call our office to schedule a dental exam in Citrus Park and help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. We looking forward to seeing you.
Do Dental Cleanings Help Prevent Gum Disease?
We suggest you have a professional teeth cleaning every six months when you come in for your dental exam. The cleaning removes harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth that don’t get removed by brushing and flossing. Plaque is the sticky, bacteria-laden film that accumulates after eating or drinking and tartar is hardened plaque. The bacteria in plaque and tartar is what causes cavities and gum disease. Additionally, professional dental cleanings can remove minor stains and leave your teeth sparkling bright.
Bacteria trapped at the gum line can lead to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. If you notice your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or they are bright red, not a healthy pink. you most likely have gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is reversible if you seek gum disease treatment immediately. Treatment typically consists of a dental or deep cleaning. If you ignore gingivitis, it can develop into periodontal disease, a more serious form of gum disease. If this happens, you will need periodontal treatment to keep your teeth intact.
Can a Dental Exam Determine the Cause of My Bad Breath?
Chronic halitosis, or bad breath, affects millions of individuals. Breath mints and mouthwashes may work temporarily, but you need to find the cause of your bad breath. Poor dental hygiene that leaves food stuck between your teeth is often to blame. The food allows odor-causing bacteria to grow in your mouth, including on your tongue. Brushing or scraping your tongue can help eliminate bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include untreated decay and undiagnosed gum disease. Our dentist will check for all of these issues during your exam. Our dentist will also ask you if your mouth is usually dry; a lack of saliva can contribute to bad breath. Call our office to schedule your exam and learn how to get rid of your bad breath permanently.
Does an Oral Cancer Screening Hurt?
No, our dentist looks in your mouth for abnormal tissue, such as rough patches and bumps. He or she will also gently feel the insides of your cheeks and look at your tongue. The screening only takes a few minutes, is non-invasive, and it does not hurt at all. If you have any sores in your mouth, our dentist may ask you to return in two weeks to see if they heal on their own. If there is anything suspicious, our dentist will send a tissue sample to an oral pathology lab for a diagnosis. If you have cancer and it is caught early, your chances of being cured are much greater. When oral cancer is detected in its later stages, it is harder to treat. Our dentist will go over your risk factors for oral cancer and help you reduce your risk.
If you have not had a screening in the last year, phone us to schedule a dental exam in Citrus Park. A basic mouth cancer screening is included in the exam. We look forward to meeting you.