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An exam and cleaning every six months is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but people have many reasons for not seeing a dentist until they have a problem. A dental checkup with our dentist can be affordable, and we do our best to make you as comfortable as we can during your dental exam in Virginia Beach.
If you haven’t visited a dentist lately, you may wonder what happens during a regular dental checkup. After providing our staff with your medical history, your dental exam will consist of:
- A dental cleaning,
- An exam by our dentist,
- An evaluation of your mouth for signs or gum disease or oral cancer; and
- Tips on brushing and flossing.
You can also ask our dentist any questions that you have during your dental exam. Our goal is to promote dental health in a relaxing environment. Call us to schedule your dental exam in Virginia Beach today.
Why is a Teeth Cleaning Necessary?
Your twice-yearly dental cleaning will remove plaque, the bacteria that leads to gingivitis. If you notice swollen gums or your teeth start bleeding while brushing, don’t wait for your twice-yearly exam; schedule an appointment with our dentist immediately. After gingivitis, the next step is usually periodontal disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Do Dentists Offer Treatment for Gum Disease?
Yes, dentists offer gum disease treatment for all three stages of the disease. Only gingivitis, the first stage is curable with better oral hygiene and a dental cleaning to get you started. The two advanced levels, moderate and severe periodontal disease, are not reversible, but the damage may be arrested with periodontal treatment. Treatment typically starts with a deep cleaning, where the roots of the teeth have to be scrapped. Periodontal disease damages tissue and bone, making teeth very loose, and they may eventually fall out without treatment.
What Causes Bad Breath?
The foods we eat, such as tuna or onions, cause temporary bad breath, which is easily resolved by brushing, flossing and a breath mint. Poor oral hygiene, cavities or gum disease can cause chronic bad breath or halitosis. If your dentist can’t find a reason for your chronic bad breath, he or she will refer you to a medical doctor, as there are other medical causes for bad breath that won’t go away.
Who’s at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Years ago, most cases of oral cancer were discovered in people over 40, but that is changing. Our dentist, who is experienced and trained in the detection of oral cancer, does a thorough oral cancer screening when he or she gives patients their first exam. During the exam, you’ll learn how to look for the early signs of oral cancer.
Contact us to arrange for your dental exam; our friendly dental team would be delighted to welcome you to our dental office.