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What Happens During a Dental Exam?
At our office, exams start with a warm welcome. Each staff member you meet will also greet you warmly. We pride ourselves on personal attentiveness. If we notice that you’re feeling anxious, we will go out of our way to put you at ease. We understand that routine exams can make new patients uneasy. Modern dentistry makes exams faster and easier than you may remember.
If you are new to our practice, you’ll fill out a medical history form and have x-rays taken. The x-rays can catch cavities between your teeth that are not visible to the naked eye. Next, our dentist will examine your mouth, tongue and teeth visually and using special instruments. He or she will screen you for oral cancer and examine any dental work in your mouth, such as existing fillings, to ensure they are not loose. Finally, our dentist will talk to you about any problems he or she finds, and the suggested treatment options.
It’s common for people to avoid the dentist if you don’t have a toothache. However, the toothache probably could have been avoided with regular dental checkups. Cavities don’t hurt when they are small, but a dentist can find and fill them before they become large and painful.
We recommend that you come in for a dental exam every six months. If it has been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, contact us to schedule your dental exam in Orlando. If your dentist feels he or she needs to see you more often, the dentist will share his or her reasoning and concerns regarding your oral health.
Do You Need a Dental Cleaning or Periodontal Treatment?
A professional teeth cleaning by a dentist or hygienist removes plaque, tartar and stains from your teeth. You’ll receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth. You’ll also have your teeth expertly flossed and polished with a high-powered electric brush so they sparkle. Our hygienist can show you how to floss so you remove as much plaque as possible. However, only a dental professional should polish your teeth. If you practice good oral hygiene, the cleaning is quick. If it’s been a long time since you’ve had a professional cleaning, our dentist may administer a topical anesthetic to ease any discomfort. You can have your teeth cleaned before your dental exam since dentists recommend a dental cleaning once every six months.
Dental cleanings help you avoid gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. You may notice your gums are bright red, not a healthy pink, and they bleed when you brush your teeth. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact our office for gum disease treatment. You may not feel any discomfort, but treatment is essential. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which is more difficult to treat and may cause tooth loss as disease attacks the tissues and bone holding your tooth in your mouth.
Your age, genetics, smoking and your diet can increase your risk of periodontal disease. If you have risk factors, our dentist will pay special attention to your gum health during your routine exams.
Do Dentists Have Bad Breath Remedies?
Most chronic cases of bad breath originate from bacteria trapped in the mouth. Brush at least twice a day and scrape or brush your tongue. You should floss at least once a day. Don’t use mouthwashes containing alcohol; these cause your mouth to dry out, which will contribute to your bad breath problem. If you have excellent oral hygiene habits and still have bad breath, our dentist can help you with this embarrassing condition. An examination may reveal that decay or gum disease is causing your chronic bad breath. Call our office to request an appointment with our dentist, who can help you determine the root cause of your bad breath.
Where Can I Get an Oral Cancer Screening?
Our dentists perform annual visual and tactile screenings during routine exams. The screening is a preventative measure and an opportunity for your dentist to discuss ways you can lower your chance of developing oral cancer. Recommendations can include quitting smoking, lowering your alcohol consumption and adopting a healthier diet. If our dentist notices any suspicious sores, lumps or whitish patches of skin, he or she will take a sample of the cells and send them to a lab for a biopsy. Catching oral cancer early usually increases your chances of a better treatment outcome.
If you want to protect your oral health with a dental exam in Orlando, contact our office and schedule an appointment. We love seeing new patients and helping them improve the way they feel about their smile.