A dental exam at Middle Village Dental Group is a comprehensive oral health checkup. In addition to a physical and visual examination of your teeth and a thorough dental cleaning, our Ridgewood family dentist will also take x-rays, do a gum disease evaluation, and screen you for oral cancer. We are committed to your complete dental well-being.
Oral cancer is no less scary than cancer than occurs anywhere else in your body, but it sometimes gets neglected. Well, not with our Ridgewood family dentist it won’t. Early detection is linked to the best outcomes and that’s why being checked is a very good idea. Of course, if any signs that indicate the presence of oral cancer are detected, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist for follow up and further evaluation. In between oral cancer screening, be good to yourself and try to quit smoking, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Even smokeless tobacco is unhealthy for your mouth. It’s also wise to wear sunscreen on your lips, an often overlooked precaution, and to avoid heavy alcohol consumption.
X-rays give our Ridgewood family dentist the advantage of getting a look at what is going on inside your teeth and to detect even small cavities before they become much larger ones. When we consider all of the factors that go into the prevention of tooth decay and keeping your teeth strong and healthy, x-rays play a significant role. Large cavities weaken your tooth and eventually leave the root area exposed to infection.
Your gums are at least as important as your teeth, because if your gum tissue ceases to be a sturdy foundation, your teeth cannot do the job on their own. Our Ridgewood family dentist will perform a gum disease evaluation and look for signs of gingivitis- the early stage of gum disease, or periodontitis, the more advanced stage. If gum disease is present, finding it sooner rather than later typically means an easier way of treating it. Gingivitis can usually be addressed with a simple dental cleaning or two. Periodontitis may require treatment that is more involved. Call us today and schedule your dental exam.