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Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning in South Bend
Are you looking for a respected dental practice where you can get a dental exam, dental cleaning, or treatment for gum disease? If so, look no further. Our skilled dentists offer a wide range of preventative and restorative dental services in a relaxed and caring environment. Call today to schedule your appointment.
You are probably familiar with the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is certainly true when it comes to oral health. There are many benefits to making a dental exam in South Bend a regular part of your oral health care. A routine dental exam is the best way to identify potential oral health issues before they become major problems. During a routine exam, the dentist will inspect your gums, teeth, and mouth for indications of gums disease, cavities, oral cancer, teeth grinding, bone loss, and other common oral health concerns.
The cost of any dental service, including a dental exam in South Bend, can vary from patient to patient based on the type of service required, the severity of any dental issues, and the extent of any dental coverage. We will discuss cost in more detail when you call to schedule your appointment and after the dentist has assessed your oral health status. Most dental insurance plans cover preventative dental exams and cleanings, so you may have little to no out-of-pocket expense. We are happy to answer any questions that you have about the insurance plans that we accept. We also offer flexible payment plans and financing options for qualified patients.
What Are the Benefits of a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
While daily brushing and flossing are instrumental in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, they are not necessarily enough to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. It is difficult for brushing and flossing alone to remove all of the sticky plaque, bacteria, and food debris from between your teeth and under the gumline. Over time, a hard substance called calculus can form, which can destroy your tooth enamel and even cause gum disease. The only way to remove calculus is with a thorough dental cleaning by a qualified dentist. Even if it has been years since your last cleaning, our dentists can recommend a treatment plan of deep cleanings and other treatments to get your teeth and gums back in shape. Call today to schedule your appointment.
Do I Need Gum Disease Treatment?
The majority of U.S. adults have some level of gum disease. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. It is painless and causes few symptoms other than red, swollen gums. Gingivitis can also cause the gums to bleed slightly when brushing, but many patients attribute that to brushing too hard. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to full-fledged periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and require aggressive and expensive treatments. If your dentist discovers evidence of gum disease, we will provide you with a personalized periodontal treatment plan designed to restore your gum health.
How Can I Control Chronic Bad Breath?
Bad breath can make social interactions awkward and embarrassing. Most of us develop bad breath from time to time, especially after eating certain pungent foods. For more than 25% of Americans, the issue is especially problematic. Chronic bad breath, which is referred to as halitosis, can be a sign of a serious dental issue or even a general health problem. If you are unable to control your bad breath with brushing, flossing, and over-the-counter rinses, give our office a call. Our dentists can determine if your halitosis is caused by an oral health problem and provide treatment options, including professional cleanings, at-home oral hygiene recommendations, and other specialized treatments.
Why Should I Consider an Oral Cancer Screening?
The early signs of oral cancer can be easy to overlook. By the time you notice any symptoms, the disease is usually quite advanced and more difficult to treat. It is even possible for oral cancer to spread to other parts of the body, which can be life-threatening. We believe that routine oral cancer screenings are the best way to detect oral cancer while it can still be easily treated. The process is simple and noninvasive. Our dentist will inspect the inside of your mouth for any signs of abnormalities, such as lesions, bumps, or discolorations. If an area of concern is noted, we will provide recommendations for additional testing and discuss treatment options. It is our practice to perform oral cancer screenings during every initial appointment for patients 18 years of age and older.
If you are looking to boost your self-confidence and improve your oral health, call our office today to schedule a comprehensive oral exam and dental cleaning.