Dental Exams & Teeth Cleaning in Newtown Square, PA
Visits to the dentist’s office are kind of like going for a workout; there might someplace else you’d rather be, but you always feel better about yourself for having gone. Dental exams are important not just for the health of your teeth and mouth but also for your quality of life. With healthy teeth and a nice smile comes the confidence to comfortably talk with others, eat with assurance, and laugh out loud without embarrassment.
Dr. In welcomes any questions you might have during your dental exam. It’s our philosophy that we’re partners in ensuing your optimal oral health. We want you to be honest with us about any concerns you have, including any tooth sensitivity, canker sores, or toothaches. Whether it’s been six months or six years since your last dental exam, Dr. In wants to earn your trust and have you leave his office with a brighter, healthier smile than when you arrived.
Teeth Cleaning and Gum Therapy
As much as you might brush and floss, it’s never as thorough as a professional teeth cleaning. Yes, good dental hygiene at home is vital to good oral health, but it’s impossible to eliminate all the plaque that accumulates on teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria. It hardens into calculus, which is also known as tartar. Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush. Only a professional dental cleaning can effectively remove the calculus, especially from those tight, difficult-to-reach spaces between your teeth.
And just as bacteria can attack your teeth, so too can it lead to gum disease. If your gums are red, puffy or bleed, there’s a good chance they’re infected. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. In the early stages, gum disease can be treated by a hygienist during a regular dental exam, but a gum specialist (periodontist) might be required in advanced cases.
Bad Breath Management
What causes bad breath? It might be something you just ate. More often, however, it’s the result of bacteria that causes dental decay which then releases a nasty odor that is easily detected by those around you. A professional dental cleaning goes a long way toward treating bad breath. Good dental hygiene at home, including brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash on a daily basis, can help keep bad breath under control.
Oral Cancer Screening
The importance of screening for cancerous or precancerous conditions cannot be overstated. Why? Because early detection can save lives. Oral cancer usually has no obvious symptoms in its early stages. It can be difficult to see any signs of oral cancer with the naked eye. That’s why our dentist uses an oral cancer screening tool to identify and evaluate oral cell abnormalities and lesions that may be cancerous or precancerous.
If you wait until symptoms begin to emerge – perhaps in the form of a lump, a mouth sore, swelling, hoarseness, or mouth-related pains – the disease may already be in the later stages of advancement and the chances of successful treatment are significantly reduced. It is recommended that everyone older than 18 get screened on a regular basis.
Teeth Grinding & Night Guards
If you wake up with headaches, sensitive teeth or a sore jaw, there’s a good chance you’re grinding your teeth while you sleep. This condition, called bruxism, can also result in chipped or cracked teeth and can wear down your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more susceptible to decay. The cause of bruxism is often stress, a “bad bite” or crooked teeth. To protect your teeth, Dr. In can fit you with a night guard – also known as a mouth guard – which protects your teeth while you sleep.
Call Today to Schedule a Dental Appointment
Call our team at Premier Dental of Edgmont Square today to schedule your dental exam. Our phone number is (484) 458-5392. We look forward to helping you have a beautiful, healthy smile.