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Do you like your smile? If so, you most likely want to keep it for as long as possible. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings will keep your smile looking great by allowing our dentist to catch any signs of decay or gum disease before these conditions affect your pearly whites.
Additionally, during your exam, our dentists will look for the early signs of oral cancer, which is on the rise. Our dentist believes in educating patients about preventative care at home, which will make your exams and cleaning go smoothly. The first step in maintaining your dental health is to schedule your dental exam in Springfield. We look forward to having you as one of our valued patients.
Is a Dental Cleaning Important?
Having your teeth professionally cleaned gives you a bright, clean smile, but you get a host of other benefits as well. Getting rid of plaque helps freshen your breath, prevent tooth decay, plus regular teeth cleanings help prevent gum disease. While an average adult should visit the dentist for cleanings twice per year, our dentist will recommend a dental cleaning schedule for you based on your risk factors for gum disease and your overall oral health.
Why Is Gum Therapy Necessary?
When plaque and tarter build up on your teeth, your gums become inflamed. They may bleed when you brush your teeth or floss. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to advanced gum disease, which is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. During your dental exam, our dentist will look for signs of gingivitis, in order to begin gum disease treatment. Treatment typically consists of a thorough cleaning and information about how to prevent plaque buildup at home. If you ignore bleeding gums, you will need periodontal treatment. Our dentist will deep clean your teeth, called a scaling and root planing procedure, which is more involved than normal teeth cleanings.
What Causes Persistent Bad Breath?
Persistent bad breath, even though you brush your teeth as recommended could be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay. Mints are a temporary cover up measure; however, they do not address the root cause of the problem. To end bad breath, not temporarily mask it, call our office to schedule a dental exam and a professional teeth cleaning. Our dentist may also have suggestions for remedies that you can try at home.
Why is an Oral Cancer Screening Important?
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, almost 50,000 people in this country will receive an oral cancer diagnosis this year. Our dentist can test for oral cancer as a routine part of your dental exam; early detection saves lives. Most people do not know they have oral cancer until it is an advanced stage; however, if it is caught early, there is an 80 to 90 percent survival rate.
To see a dentist with an excellent chairside manner, who offers comprehensive services, contact us to schedule your dental exam in Springfield.