Your dental health is important, and our patients’ safety is our top priority. 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. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and all CDC guidelines very closely.
Are You Searching for a Dentist to Get a Dental Exam?
Routine dental checkups are an easy, cost-effective way of maintaining your oral health. For our adult patients with good dental health, we suggest you have a dental exam every six months. This gives our dentist an opportunity to practice preventative care and catch small problems before they become larger problems that are more expensive to treat.
During your exam, your dentist will look for any problems with your teeth or gums using x-rays and a visual inspection of each tooth. Our dentist will probe your filling and crowns, making sure the restorations are secure. Bacteria can easily become trapped under loose restorations and cause decay. Our dentist will screen you for oral cancer and talk to you about your risks factors for the disease. A dental exam is also a good opportunity to discuss any problems or concerns you have with your dentist.
If you are looking for a friendly dental office for a dental exam in Englewood, call our office to make an appointment. You’ll find our office is friendly and welcoming. We’re sure you’ll be happy here and make our office your new dental home.
Is a Dental Cleaning Part of Gum Disease Treatment?
Teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar, which is hardened plaque. Both contain bacteria, which can cause bad breath, decay, and gum disease. Dental cleanings are far more effective than cleaning your teeth at home as hygienists use special instruments to scrape the tartar off your teeth and a professional-grade toothpaste to get your teeth exceptionally clean. You may have a fluoride treatment after your cleaning to give your teeth extra protection from decay. Many dentists recommend getting a dental cleaning two times a year, before your dental checkup. It only takes between 30 and 60 minutes to have the cleaning.
If you have irritated gums that are swollen, bright red, and bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis. If you believe you have gingivitis, call our office for an appointment with our dentist. He or she will probably recommend a dental cleaning, which can reverse gingivitis. Gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which is more serious. You would need periodontal treatment to help keep your teeth firmly in your mouth. While not all cases of gingivitis turn into periodontal disease, treating gingivitis can help you avoid periodontal disease.
Do Dentists Have Bad Breath Remedies?
Breath mints and mouthwashes don’t fix chronic bad breath; they merely hide it temporarily. Chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, differs from the temporary bad breath you may have after eating onions or a tuna sandwich. It’s important to note that these foods can cause bad breath for several days after eating them. In many cases, plaque is to blame for bad breath. You may not be brushing and flossing enough to remove the sticky film. Plaque contains odor-causing bacteria and it can hide on your tongue, so brush your tongue whenever you brush your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up plaque and leave your breath fresh. Cavities and gum disease leave places for plaque to hide, so your dentist will check for these as well. Make an appointment with our dentist and learn how to banish bad breath.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
During a screening, our dentist looks for any signs of cancerous or precancerous indicators, such as red or white patches of skin and sores that haven’t healed in several weeks. The screening consists of a visual and tactile examination; you may have had a screening for oral cancer before and not noticed it since it is generally part of a routine exam. Screenings are painless and don’t require any preparation on your part. If you haven’t had a screening for oral cancer in the last year, get one. It could save your life. Every hour, someone in the U.S. dies from oral cancer.
For a dental exam in Englewood by a trusted dentist who is passionate about oral health and raising awareness of oral cancer, contact our office today to make an appointment. We look forward to serving you.