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Keeping your smile healthy and bright is easiest when you get into the routine of regularly visiting your dentist. But, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be feeling nervous about scheduling a dental exam and cleaning. At our office, there’s no need to feel awkward about taking charge of your oral health. We want you to feel confident about your healthy smile, so we take care to keep you comfortable throughout your time in our office. Whether you’re in our waiting room, having a dental cleaning, or discussing potential treatments, we want you to feel valued, respected, and important.
To care for your complete oral health, we provide a comprehensive range of services and treatments, including gum disease treatment and oral health therapies. During your first visit to our office, our dentist will perform a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and mouth, watching for issues such as:
- Dental decay
- Teeth grinding
- Gum disease
- Jawbone loss
- Oral cancer
We’re honored so many of our patients trust us with their health and have developed long-lasting relationships with our team of dental professionals. We welcome you to our office, and we can’t wait to help give your smile a healthy glow, beginning with a thorough dental exam in Orlando.
Why Is Regular Teeth Cleaning Important?
Professional teeth cleaning in Orlando is vital to rid your teeth of the bacteria and built-up deposits that eat away at your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Each time you eat or drink, a thin film of bacteria called plaque adheres to your teeth. In many cases, you can remove this plaque by thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Plaque is sticky, though, and it can work its way into tiny, hard-to-reach places within your mouth. If plaque isn’t removed regularly by brushing and flossing, it builds up into a hard substance called calculus. Calculus attacks your tooth enamel, leading to decay and other issues. Once your teeth have calculus, the only way to eliminate it is to visit your dentist’s office for deep cleaning. Our hygienist will check your gums for swelling and gingivitis during your cleaning, then scrape the calculus away. Once most of the calculus is removed, the hygienist polishes your teeth with gritty toothpaste to ensure that all calculus is removed.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria-laden plaque and hard calculus that accumulates on your teeth. If you’ve noticed a little blood in the sink after brushing your teeth, you may have the first stage of gum disease called gingivitis. You may have other symptoms, too, including red, swollen gums that are sensitive to the touch. In most cases, we can successfully treat gingivitis with a comprehensive deep dental cleaning that removes the disease-causing plaque and calculus.
Failing to get treatment as soon as you notice you have signs of gum disease simply allows the disease to progress to more harmful stages. Untreated gingivitis often leads to periodontitis, which causes receding gums and damage to the bone structure supporting your tooth. This disease can cause permanent tooth loss. You can often avoid the direct consequences of periodontitis by calling our office right away for an appointment with your dentist who can provide vital periodontal treatment.
Can My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?
Bad breath can take a toll on your self-confidence and social interactions. While it may be comforting to know that about a quarter of all Americans experience chronically bad breath, you don’t have to be one of those Americans suffering from the condition. Medically known as halitosis, bad breath is often a symptom of other issues such as tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, gum disease or a medical condition like dry mouth. When you come into our office, our dentist will perform a dental exam to determine the cause of your bad breath. We may recommend professional teeth cleanings to eliminate the bacteria causing the foul odor, or we may offer you some suggestions for how to care for your teeth at home to eliminate the problem. We don’t want you to struggle with bad breath when it can be easily controlled.
Will My Dentist Test for Oral Cancer?
Yes, early detection of oral cancer is the key to catching the disease before it progresses to the rest of your body. Early oral cancer stages usually don’t present any symptoms, so by the time most people notice a lump or other suspicious tissue, the disease has already spread. Since we care greatly about your health, our dentist performs an oral cancer screening during your first dental exam at our office. We recommend that all of our patients who are over the age of 18 have an oral cancer test to ensure their good oral and physical health.
Taking charge of your smile and oral health is easy. Simply call our trusted practice today to schedule a dental exam in Orlando.