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During your dental exam, our dentist does more than look for evidence of tooth day. You can expect a visual inspection of your entire mouth for any signs of oral cancer, an indication that you may grind your teeth and symptoms of advanced gum disease. Our dentist is easy to talk to and passionate about preventative care. Please let us know if you are anxious about your visit; we understand that having any procedure, even an exam, can cause some individuals to feel uncomfortable. If you would like to schedule a cleaning and a comprehensive dental exam in Northern Virginia, call our office.
What Is a Dental Cleaning Procedure?
A deep dental cleaning is a gum disease treatment our dentist uses to prevent periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. The deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, which prevents the bone loss that leads to loose teeth. It is important to receive regular cleanings to avoid gingivitis or more advanced stages of gum disease.
Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush My Teeth?
Have you noticed that your gums are red are swollen, or they bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, you have gingivitis, the beginning of gum disease. Please have gingivitis treated immediately as it is an infection that could lead to advanced periodontal disease, where the bone that supports your teeth is damaged and teeth become loose. At our dental office, we offer periodontal treatment, including oral exams, professional cleanings and oral care instructions to ensure the disease does not progress.
How Can I Manage Bad Breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, affects all of us at some time; however, approximately 25 percent of individuals struggle with bad breath daily. Poor oral hygiene habits cause bad breath; not brushing your teeth often enough to remove bacteria (plaque) and food particles is a common cause of bad breath. Gum disease or tooth decay may also cause bad breath. Contact our office to schedule a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam to rule out these factors. Our dentist can give you tips on treating bad breath as well, including how to brush and floss correctly and what products you can use at home that can help alleviate your bad breath.
How Important Is an Oral Cancer Exam?
Oral cancer rates are rising; 100 new cases are diagnosed every day. There is compelling evidence that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for the rise, making it more important than ever for oral health professionals to educate their patients about oral cancer. Our dentist provides a detailed oral cancer exam for patients in order to catch the disease at at its earliest stage when treatment is the most effective. Your dental insurance may pay the oral cancer screening cost; please ask when you call to schedule your dental exam.
To catch dental problems while they are just inexpensive, minor issues, call us to schedule your dental exam in Northern Virginia today.