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.
The American Dental Association recommends regular dental exams for optimal dental health. Preventive dental visits and dental cleanings assist in preventing periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss. During your examination, you’ll be asked for your medical history, have a dental cleaning and then an examination by our dentist. He or she will look for evidence of gum disease, teeth grinding or tooth enamel that is wearing out. You will also have x-rays taken and be screened for oral cancer on your first dental exam with our dentist. You can ask any questions you like during your exam.
When you decide to get a dental exam in Chesapeake to focus on preventing problems, instead of fixing them, call our office to schedule a convenient appointment. Our dental team looks forward to serving you.
How Often Should I Get a Dental Teeth Cleaning?
You should have a dental cleaning twice a year. Our dentist or hygienist uses professional tools to remove plaque and tartar that you cannot remove with regular brushing and flossing. A dental cleaning is a painless procedure, but if your gums are sensitive, please let us know so we can apply a gel to numb them. After a cleaning, your teeth will look better and you’ll know that you’ve done your part to help prevent periodontal disease.
Can Gum Disease Be Cured?
Gum disease starts when your gums become inflamed and develop gingivitis which can advance to periodontitis, and then, advanced periodontitis. Having your teeth cleaned and brushing and flossing regularly as directed can reverse gingivitis. This is the easiest gum disease treatment; periodontal treatment consists of scaling and root planing, a two-visit procedure that is also called a deep cleaning, and surgery in advanced cases. This will slow bone loss, but it can’t reverse receding gums.
Is There a Bad Breath Cure?
In many cases, bad breath can be cured with better oral hygiene, including brushing your tongue, as well as your teeth, and flossing at least once a day. If this isn’t helping your chronic bad breath, call our dentist for an appointment. A professional cleaning may cure your bad breath; our dentist will also check for cavities or gum disease that could be causing your bad breath. Our dentist may suggest using a specific type of toothbrush or toothpaste for better results as well.
Why is an Oral Cancer Screening so Important?
New patients receive a screening for oral cancer during their first dental exam, and then once a year thereafter. During your screening, you’ll learn how to perform a self-screening once a month. If you see anything suspicious that does not go away in two weeks, contact our dentist for an evaluation and possibly an oral cancer test.
If you would like to have a comprehensive dental exam in Chesapeake with a skilled dentist who always takes time to answer all of your questions, call us to schedule your appointment today.