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Scheduling a dental exam every six months will lessen your chances of having major dental problems. If this is your first visit, we will ask you for your medical history and a list of any medications that you take. Our dentist uses the x-rays taken of your teeth and gums to look for any decay or bone loss. He or she will also perform a visual examination to look for inflamed gums, signs or oral cancer, evidence of a misaligned bite or teeth grinding. Any restorations that you have, such as fillings or partial dentures, are looked at as will.
When you have your dental exam, our hygienist will clean your teeth, usually before the dentist performs his or her evaluation. For an affordable dental cleaning and dental exam in Suffolk, call our office to schedule your appointment.
Why is a Professional Teeth Cleaning Considered a Preventative Treatment?
Dental cleaning is essential for healthy gums. Twice a year, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove the plaque and tartar; you will learn if there is any place that you’ve been missing in your at-home oral care routine. Once the plaque and tartar and removed, you have less of a chance of getting cavities. While the dental cleaning cost is reasonable, most dental insurance plans cover twice a year cleanings without any out-of-pocket costs, since a dental cleaning is preventative care.
What is Gum Disease Treatment?
Treatment for the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis, consists of better oral hygiene habits and a dental cleaning. Periodontal treatment is for more advanced stages of gum disease that cannot be reversed, only slowed down or halted. Treatment generally consists of a two-visit deep cleaning or surgery for more advanced cases. If you see any evidence of gingivitis, such as red, swollen gums, see our dentist for a dental exam as soon as possible to catch the gum disease early, while it can be cured.
When Should I See a Dentist About Bad Breath?
If you have bad breath, start brushing after each meal, flossing once a day and gently brushing your tongue. Avoid foods known to cause bad breath, such as garlic and onions. If these tactics don’t work, make an appointment with our dentist. You may just need to have your teeth cleaned, or you may have gum disease or dental decay.
Do You Know How Prevalent Oral Cancer Is?
Oral cancer can be a very serious problem, yet few people are aware of the signs that could save their life. The visual and tactile oral cancer screening that our dentist does takes just five minutes, so let our dentist show you how to examine yourself each month. At our office, we care about our patients, so we want to catch oral cancer early, when treatment is most effective.
Schedule your dental exam in Suffolk with us and discover how comfortable and relaxed a dental visit is at our office.