Baystate Dental of Belchertown
131 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
At our dental practice, we invite you to discover more about the dentists who care about protecting your dental health and improving your smile. We offer a wide range of dental treatments and services to help ensure your teeth last a lifetime and that you feel confident with your smile. Whether you need gum disease treatment, a professional cleaning, or a thorough dental exam, we will do everything we can to provide the treatment you need in a comfortable, welcoming environment. After you arrive for your first consultation, our dentist will examine your entire mouth for symptoms of the following dental concerns:
We work hard to provide unrivaled customer service and state-of-the art dental care in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Call us today to schedule a dental exam in Belchertown.
Besides brushing and flossing every day, seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is crucial for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Even if you maintain good oral care habits at home, it’s still possible for harmful plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth, which can increase your risk of gum disease and periodontal disease. Professional teeth cleanings can keep your teeth and gums healthy by removing hard to reach plaque and tartar that can be missed by brushing and flossing at home. Other benefits of professional teeth cleanings include preventing cavities, preventing bad breath, and brightening your smile.
Most of the patients who visit our practice come in for regular professional cleanings. These visits are essential for removing difficult-to-reach plaque and built-up calculus that can form on teeth over time. Dental plaque contains bacteria and is a sticky film that adheres to teeth after eating and drinking. Brushing and flossing daily can usually remove plaque, but if it’s not removed daily, it can develop into a hard material called calculus. This material can cause tooth decay and attacks tooth enamel. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing or flossing and can only be removed during a thorough professional cleaning.
Bacteria from plaque and calculus can cause gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen, or bleed while you’re brushing and flossing, you might already have gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated, it can quickly develop into a serious form called periodontitis. Unless you receive periodontal treatment from a dentist, periodontal disease can affect the bone and tissue that support your teeth.
Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, is an unpleasant condition that can make you feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. Common bad breath causes include tooth decay, dry mouth, gum disease, lack of proper oral hygiene, or eating certain foods, such as garlic or onions. Regardless of whatever is causing your bad breath, our dental professionals will design an individualized treatment plan to help you treat your problem effectively. In addition to a dental exam, professional cleanings, and specialized treatments, we can make also recommendations for at-home care.
The next time you come into our office for a dental exam in Belchertown, you should consider receiving an oral cancer screening to determine your risk for developing the disease. Screenings are designed to identify the early signs of oral cancer before the disease progresses to an advanced stage that’s more difficult to treat. If caught early enough, oral cancer can be successfully treated. We recommend a test for oral cancer beginning at age 18, and our dentists have many methods of detecting the earliest signs of the disease. For a dentist you can trust, call our office today to schedule an appointment.