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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.
Has it been a while since your last teeth cleaning, oral health treatment, or dental exam in Orange City? Sometimes, when you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it’s hard to get started again. Our dentists want to help you get back on the path of good oral health, and we strive to make our office a no-judgment zone. We would be proud to help you get your smile looking its best and to revive your oral health so that you can speak with ease, eat with comfort, and smile with confidence.
To keep your teeth and mouth healthy, we provide patients with a wide range of services, including dental exams, oral health treatments, and gum disease therapies. We also work hard to make sure you’re comfortable the entire time you’re at our practice. With compassionate, comprehensive dental care so close to you, there’s no reason to put off taking care of your oral health.
When you first visit our dentist, your teeth, gums and mouth will be examined carefully for conditions such as:
- Tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease
- Teeth grinding
- Loss of bone
- Oral cancer
We’re looking forward to helping you keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Give us a call and discover how easy it is to form a lasting relationship with our team of dental professionals.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
Visiting our office for a regular dental exam and teeth cleaning in Orange City is important because it’s the only way to ensure that all of the harmful plaque and calculus on your teeth is removed. When you eat or drink something, a filmy layer of bacteria called plaque is deposited on your teeth. Brushing your teeth and flossing will remove much of this plaque, but the bacteria can linger in hard-to-reach places. If plaque remains, it will accumulate, creating a hard deposit of calculus. Calculus is very harmful to teeth because it eats away at your tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Once your teeth have calculus, the only way to get rid of it is to have a professional cleaning. During your cleaning in our office, our hygienist will scrape this calculus away using a dental tool. Then, the hygienist will brush your teeth with a gritty toothpaste that helps remove any remaining traces of calculus.
How Do I Get Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque and built-up calculus. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is characterized by swollen, sensitive gums that frequently bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. If you have symptoms of gingivitis, call our office right away for periodontal treatment. Professional dental cleanings can often remove the bacteria and plaque deposits that cause your gingivitis.
If you ignore gum disease symptoms or if you simply don’t get around to scheduling a gum disease treatment, the disease can advance to a more harmful stage. Periodontitis is the progression of untreated gingivitis. With periodontitis, the disease travels beneath your gum line where it attacks the bone tissue supporting your tooth and causes receding gums. Failing to address the disease at this stage can lead to permanent tooth loss. Luckily, periodontitis can often be treated, so schedule a dental exam as soon as you notice symptoms of gum disease.
Are There Effective Remedies for Bad Breath?
Bad breath is a frustrating reality for about a quarter of all Americans. But it doesn’t have to affect you. In most cases, we can identify the cause of bad breath and find a remedy that works for you. The potential causes of bad breath are many, from gum disease or tooth decay to dry mouth or other medical conditions. For most people, though, bad breath is caused by gum disease. In this case, our dentist will likely recommend periodontal disease treatment to eliminate the source of the bad odor. We also offer a wide variety of services to help stop other sources of bad breath. From professional cleanings to oral hygiene recommendations for your use at home, we strive to help you remedy bad breath quickly and easily.
Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?
In its early stages, oral cancer often doesn’t show any symptoms. By the time you notice a lump or other suspicious tissue in your mouth, the disease will have likely already spread to other parts of your body. That’s why early detection of oral cancer is vital. If we can treat the disease before it becomes a life-threatening condition, we have a greater chance of successful treatment. We want you to enjoy good health and a long life, so our dentists perform an oral cancer test during your dental exam.
Taking care of your dental health is just as important as caring for the rest of your physical health. We can help you take charge of your smile and your health. Call us today to schedule your dental exam in Orange City.