New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.
Bacteria lives in your mouth and is the cause of plaque, plaque can then lead to cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease. In order to keep your mouth clean and the bad bacteria down to a minimum you must practice good oral hygiene every day.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually lead to the destruction of the support of your natural teeth. These diseases effect more than 80% of Americans by the age of 45.
Our patients often have questions about how certain oral habits or infections can affect their dental health. Hopefully you can find the answers you seek, but if you still have questions call us at (757) 333-7444.
Tooth scaling removes plaque, tartar and hard crusty calculus deposits, which are loaded with bacteria. After scaling, the tooth roots may need to be planed to smooth the root surface so the soft tissue will re-attach itself to a smooth tooth surface.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.