COVID-19 Safety Message: Visit our practice with confidence – your safety is our top concern.
We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Do You Need a Professional Cleaning and a Dental Exam in South Philadelphia?
Everyone needs a dental exam and teeth cleaning every six months to keep their teeth and gums healthy. These two things, along with a good at-home dental hygiene routine, will help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. At your initial dental exam, you should expect us to:
- Ask about your medical history
- Take X-rays to spot decay between teeth
- Ask if you have any concerns
- Inspect your teeth and gums
- Perform a quick screening for oral cancer
- Check your bite
- Inspect any restorations you have in your mouth
If any problems are discovered, your dentist will go over your treatment plan with you.
We will do our best to make your dental exam a pleasant and positive experience. If you are anxious, please let us know. Most common dental problems are easy to treat and less stressful if we have the opportunity to catch them early. We don’t rush; most routine exams take about an hour, not including the dental cleaning we suggest you have first. Feel free to ask your dentist or dental hygienist questions. Call us today to schedule your appointment at our friendly office. We welcome new patients.
Who Should I Visit for Teeth Cleanings or Gum Disease Treatment?
We offer both services at our office. When our dentist or dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they’re removing tartar buildup on your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque which accumulates no matter how well you take care of your teeth at home. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar from your teeth using special instruments. Removing the tartar helps prevent dental decay and gingivitis. Once our dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they will polish them with a special gritty paste to remove surface stains. Your teeth will feel shiny and clean afterward and you’ll have fresher breath. Our dentist or dental hygienist may also suggest a fluoride treatment.
Without regular professional cleanings, bacteria accumulates in the pockets between the teeth and gums. This may cause gingivitis; if so, you’ll notice that your gums appear red instead of a healthy pink color. They may swell and bleed when you brush your teeth or floss. You may also be aware that you have bad breath. If you notice these symptoms, please contact our office to make an appointment. Gingivitis is a curable form of gum disease. If you don’t get treatment, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. Periodontal treatment is essential to prevent tooth loss, as the bacteria destroy the tissue and bone that hold teeth in place.
How Do Dentists Treat Bad Breath?
Everyone gets bad breath occasionally from eating garlic and other foods. Your bad breath can persist for hours after eating these foods. If you have chronic bad breath, contact our office and schedule an appointment. You can have a professional cleaning and go over your dental hygiene habits. Our dentist will suggest that you use certain products to keep plaque from accumulating between cleanings. Our dentist will also check for any oral health problems, such as gum disease, which can cause bad breath. If you have a constant dry mouth, this can also cause bad breath because there isn’t enough saliva to wash food debris away. Drink more water and chew sugarless gum. If your dry mouth persists, ask our dentist about other solutions. Breath mints only cover up bad breath, so visit our office and have our dentist treat the cause.
Why Should I Get an Oral Cancer Screening?
You should get a screening for oral cancer because it may save your life. In the United States, one person dies every hour from oral cancer. Early detection could have saved some of these people since the five-year survival rate is between 80 and 90 percent if the cancer is caught in its earliest stage. Our dentist performs a screening for oral cancer during each routine exam for patients over age 18. It’s fast, painless and essential, even if you’re not a tobacco user. There are other risk factors, such as heavy alcohol use, genetics and the human papillomavirus.
If you have a bleeding sore, a sore which hasn’t healed in two weeks or a whitish or reddish patch in your mouth, please call our office to make an appointment right away with our dentist for a screening. We also urge you to call if you have any difficulty swallowing that can’t be explained.
If you’re looking for a dental office where you can get a dental exam in South Philadelphia that includes a screening for oral cancer, contact us to arrange an appointment. We look forward to taking care of your oral health needs.