3710 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 101, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Regular exams help dentist catch small problems, such as decay, before they become major problems. Many dental diseases don’t cause any pain until they are advanced, so you may not realize you need work. An absence of pain does not mean that you should skip a dental exam. When you arrive at our office for your initial exam, we will ask you to fill out a medical history form with a list of your current medications. When you come in for your exam, our dentist will look for:
If you wear full or partial removable dentures, your dentist will check their fit. It is important to schedule regular exams even if you wear dentures so your dentist can evaluate your gums and check for bone loss. After your dental exam, your dentist will explain what he or she found. If you need treatment, you’ll learn about your options and their associated costs. You’re encouraged to ask questions. If you need a dental exam in North Point, please phone our office. We will set up a convenient appointment for you and welcome you to our practice.
We urge you to get your teeth cleaned every six months. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, plaque and tartar can build up, especially near your gums where a toothbrush doesn’t reach well. Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. While your smile will look much better after a teeth cleaning and your breath will smell fresh, the treatment is a preventative measure. If you have dental insurance coverage, plans typically cover teeth cleanings. Expect the procedure to take between 30 and 60 minutes.
We also offer treatment for gum disease. Gum disease has two forms; gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is gum inflammation; if you have it, your gums are red, not pink, and they will bleed easily. A dental cleaning often reverses gingivitis. Your dentist will talk to you about changing your oral hygiene routine to prevent gingivitis from returning. Gingivitis may turn into periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease. If this happens, periodontal treatment is essential as the bacteria begins attacking the tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place. Without treatment, you could lose your teeth. If you need treatment for gum disease, please call us to set up an appointment.
If your bad breath is constantly a problem, you are not alone. Plaque, the sticky film left on your teeth after eating, often causes bad breath. Your dentist will suggest a professional cleaning, mouthwashes and toothpastes that can help you get your teeth clean and keep them that way. If your oral hygiene isn’t an issue, our dentist will check for signs of gum disease and decay, both of which can cause persistent bad breath. If your mouth is always dry, this will also cause bad breath. Our dentist may recommend artificial saliva or chewing sugarless gum. Drinking plenty of water may also help. Smoking not only causes bad breath, it can increase your risk for developing oral cancer and gum disease. Call us to make an appointment if you are tired of eating breath mints all day long. Our dentist will find the cause of your bad breath and treat it. If the problem isn’t oral, your dentist will suggest you see your doctor. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, cause bad breath.
We are concerned about deadly oral cancer, which is curable if it is caught in its early stages. Traditionally, most diagnosis’s were in individuals over the age of 40, but this is changing. The rapid rise in new cases in younger individuals is attributed to the human papillomavirus virus. Every adult patient who has a routine exam has an oral cancer screening as well, following the advice of the CDC and the American Dental Association. The screening takes only a few minutes and it is painless. Your dentist will make a visual inspection of your oral cavity and feel your neck and jaw to check for lumps.
Call us today to schedule your dental exam in North Point and screening for oral cancer.