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A regular dental exam with x-rays may reveal minor problems before they become major problems. You do not have to have a toothache to have a problem, just as you do not have to have any pain to have oral cancer in its earliest stages. When you have your exam, you will usually have your teeth professionally cleaned as well, which will leave your teeth bright and sparkling clean.
Our team of dental professionals will put you at ease; we know many people are apprehensive about visiting a dentist. However, regular exams are vital to your continued good oral health. Call us today to schedule your dental exam in Fairfax.
Why Do I Need a Professional Teeth Cleanings?
Even though you brush and floss at regularly, dental professionals use special instruments that remove plaque better than you can at home. Professional teeth cleaning will help you prevent tooth decay which means fewer cavities. Having plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) removed also lowers your chance of developing periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
If you have gingivitis, or red swollen gums, our dentist will notice this and suggest a professional cleaning as a gum disease treatment. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease; if the plaque and tarter are not removed, it will turn into a more advanced stage of periodontal disease. Ignoring bleeding gums when you brush or floss and avoiding having a dental exam could lead to bone loss. Since the bone holds your teeth in place, your teeth will become loose and may even fall out. Periodontal treatment, before bone loss occurs, is the only way to reverse periodontal disease.
How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?
More than 25 percent of Americans struggle with bad breath. It may come from something you ate which you can control; for example, not eating onions right before a job interview. However, other causes of bad breath require more help, such as an exam to check for tooth decay, professional cleanings and advice from our dentist regarding at-home treatments that work. Don’t be embarrassed by bad breath any longer; call our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Why Do I Need an Oral Cancer Screening if I Don’t Use Tobacco?
Tobacco use is only one of the risk factors for oral cancer. You need a test for oral cancer each time you come in for a dental exam; oral cancer is also detected in people with no risk factors. The disease is deadly if not detected early, so treatment should begin immediately. Most of the time, you won’t notice oral cancer during the early stages where it is treatable. This means you wouldn’t have any pain, but our dentist would be able to spot the signs and perform a complete exam. An examination takes five minutes and it could save your life.
To visit a dentist that you can rely on for a thorough cleaning and a comprehensive dental exam in Fairfax, call our dental practice to schedule your exam today.