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.
When you have a dental exam, our dentist isn’t just looking for cavities. A thorough exam consists of a dental cleaning, an evaluation to check for signs of oral cancer, gum disease and teeth grinding. Our dentist will also need x-rays of your teeth.
Naturally, our dentist will stress how important it is for you to maintain good oral hygiene habits and he or she will show you how to brush correctly. Remember, an affordable dental exam will help prevent major problems later on. You need a checkup every six months, or more if your dentist spots a potential problem.
We’re dedicated to protecting your teeth and gums so that you can keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Call us today to arrange for your dental exam in Virginia Beach.
Why Do I Need My Teeth Cleaned Twice a Year?
Teeth cleanings are not a cosmetic procedure (although they do improve the appearance of your teeth); they are a preventative treatment. Tartar can lead to decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not removed with special tools that you don’t have at home. Moreover, a dental hygienist will buff your teeth during your teeth cleaning procedure, which will help prevent yellowing.
How Can I Tell If I Need Gum Disease Treatment?
Gingivitis, often but not always, precedes gum disease. If your gums are inflamed and they bleed when you brush your teeth, make an appointment with our dentist for a dental cleaning. If you ignore gingivitis, you may need periodontal treatment, which requires more visits and is more expensive. If you ignore periodontal disease, you will lose your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Can a Dentist Cure Chronic Bad Breath?
A dentist can cure chronic bad breath (halitosis) if dental decay, gum disease or poor oral hygiene habits are the cause. Sometimes, you only need a dental cleaning to get you started with clean teeth and better brushing and flossing habits. You should gently brush your tongue as well or use a tongue scraper from the drugstore. If our dentist can’t find a reason why you have bad breath all the time, he or she may refer you to a medical doctor to rule out other causes.
How Can I Prevent Oral Cancer?
Everyone over the age of 18 should have an oral cancer screening during their first dental exam with our dentist and then once a year afterwards. He or she will talk to you about the signs of oral cancer and how to check your mouth yourself. Additionally, our dentist will talk to you about risk factors, which include tobacco use, which is the leading cause of oral cancer. You should know that oral cancer appears in people with no known risk factors as well.
When you visit our office for a dental exam in Virginia Beach, you and your dental health will be our top priority. Call us today to schedule your appointment.