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Both our dentist and the American Dental Association recommend you have a dental exam twice a year to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
During your exam, our team will:
- Take your medical history
- Clean your teeth
- Take x-rays
- Examine your teeth and gums
- Evaluate your bite
- Check for any signs of oral cancer
After your dental exam, our dentist will answer any questions you have and discuss any problems that he or she found. For a thorough dental exam in Virginia Beach, call our office to arrange a convenient appointment.
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
Plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth by special instruments used by a dentist or dental hygienist; the hygienist will buff your teeth as well. No matter how often you brush at home, plaque can build up, so cleanings are essential. After the cleaning, you’ll be asked about your home oral habits and which products you use. During the cleaning, you’ll have a oral exam to look for signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Twice yearly cleanings will help prevent cavities and gum disease, as well as make your teeth look cleaner and brighter.
What Can Happen If Gum Disease Isn’t Treated?
In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis. Your gums become inflamed because of plaque buildup. We recommend you see our dentist for early gum disease treatment or the disease will most likely progress and you will need periodontal treatment. The treatment consists of a deep cleaning, which takes two visits, or surgery. If your gums are already receding, treatment cannot reverse this, but it may stop tooth loss. If gum disease is not treated, your teeth will become loose and you will lose them or you will need an extraction.
Is There a Bad Breath Cure?
Chronic bad breath is called halitosis. Cavities and gum disease, which cause small pockets in your gums, are ideal places for odor causing bacteria to hide. If your dentist gives you a clean bill of health after a dental exam, be sure to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing habits. If you still cannot find the cause of your chronic bad breath, speak to your doctor; there are other causes of halitosis, such as a sinus infection or gastric reflux.
How Much Do You Know About Oral Cancer?
Almost 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. We care about our patients and we want them to be aware of the early symptoms of oral cancer. Our dentist will do a thorough examination of the soft tissue in your mouth during your first examination and talk to you about how to notice the early warning signs. An oral cancer screening can save your life.
If you want an understanding dentist who can take care of your dental needs, call us to arrange a dental exam in Virginia Beach today. We are always happy to meet new patients.