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Even if you brush and floss diligently, you still need to have a dental exam twice a year so that our dentist can check for problems with a visual exam and x-rays. You may not think that anything is wrong, but dental problems, such as decay or gum disease, often don’t cause you any pain until they become major problems.
Bring a list of your current medications with you, because if you are a new patient, we will request a medical history. During your dental exam, you’ll also have your teeth cleaned and have a screening for oral cancer.
For a comprehensive dental exam in South Hampton Roads, call our office to schedule your appointment today. New patients are always welcome.
Can Dental Teeth Cleanings Prevent Gum Disease?
A professional teeth cleaning every six months helps prevent gingivitis, the start of gum disease, and cavities. No matter how diligent you are with your oral hygiene, plaque can remain on your teeth and harden into tartar. With a dental cleaning, your teeth will look and feel cleaner, plus you’ll be protecting your dental health.
How Can I Avoid Ever Needing Periodontal Treatment?
Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that starts out as gingivitis, or swollen and tender gums. If you see a dentist for early gum disease treatment, usually consisting of a dental cleaning and instructions in better oral hygiene, you can reverse the disease. If you ignore gingivitis, it will turn into periodontal disease, which can’t be reversed, and can only be treated with a deep cleaning, and in more advanced cases, invasive procedures.
Why Do I Have Bad Breath?
Halitosis, also called chronic bad breath, is embarrassing, which is why people buy so many breath mints and gum. These products disguise bad breath, but getting at the cause of the problem is more important. Remembering to brush and floss regularly and avoiding foods that cause bad breath should help, but if they don’t, make an appointment with our dentist. Dental decay or gum disease may be the cause of your bad breath; our dentist should be able to end your embarrassment by finding a bad breath cure for you.
Why Does the Dentist Screen for Oral Cancer During a Dental Exam?
Early detection of oral cancer can literally save your life. Our dentist performs an oral cancer screening on all adult patients during their first exam, and then annually. Screenings take no more than five minutes and they are both non-invasive and painless. You’ll learn how to perform a self-screening and check for early warning signs of oral cancer so that you can request an appointment for an oral cancer test with our dentist.
Call us today to arrange for your dental exam in South Hampton Roads. We strive to provide the high-quality dental care at affordable rates.