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Do You Need a Dental Exam, Professional Cleaning, or Oral Health Treatment?
Routine dental care is essential for maintaining the oral health of your entire family. Our goal is to keep your visits comfortable. Dental education as prevention is our primary focus. Whether you visit us for a complete dental exam, professional dental cleaning, or a specialized therapy like gum disease treatment, we will provide quality dental care from professional dentists. During your first checkup, our dentist will carefully examine your mouth for any signs of the following:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Loss of bone
- Teeth grinding
- Oral cancer
Our commitment to providing exceptional quality dental care is central to our team’s efforts. To arrange an appointment for a dental exam in Chicopee, call us today.
Why Should I Receive Regular Teeth Cleanings?
You already know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day are excellent ways to keep your mouth healthy, but seeing your dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning is also vital to your oral health. Dental cleanings can remove built-up tartar and plaque that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Removing these harmful substances can reduce your risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease, in addition to preventing cavities from forming, eliminating bad breath, and brightening your smile.
How Does Gum Disease Develop?
Regular professional cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene at home are important for the prevention of gum disease. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria. Although plaque forms on your teeth after eating and drinking, it can be removed with daily brushing and flossing. When not removed regularly, plaque can turn into a hardened material called calculus, which can erode tooth enamel and promote tooth decay. Built-up calculus can only be removed by a dental professional.
Bacteria from plaque and calculus can damage your gums, which may lead to gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. A warning sign that you have gingivitis and should receive treatment from a dentist is red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. If not treated promptly, gingivitis can can progress to periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss if you don’t receive periodontal treatment from a dentist.
What Are Some Remedies for Bad Breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, is a very common condition that affects millions of people. It can be caused by a variety of things, such as dry mouth, tooth decay, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and the foods you eat. If you’re concerned about bad breath, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment. During your dental exam, our dentists can help identify the cause of your bad breath and develop a treatment plan to eliminate it, such as offering recommendations for practicing good oral hygiene at home and performing professional cleanings and other specialized treatments.
Why Should I Receive an Oral Cancer Screening?
Even if you don’t smoke, you should still receive a test for oral cancer from your dentist. The earliest stages of oral cancer are often painless, and the disease can spread quickly when undetected, which is why early detection and diagnosis is crucial to its treatment. At our clinic, we have the tools and experience needed to spot the early warning signs of oral cancer and make an accurate diagnosis. Our dentists recommend an oral cancer test beginning at age 18. Contact us today for a dental exam in Chicopee.