The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. The dentist will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace your old metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives, creating a healthier and more beautiful smile.
If you haven’t had a dental checkup in Virginia Beach within the last six months, Dr. Mary Lewis would love to meet you. She loves helping people to protect their oral health.
Why is a Checkup Necessary Every Six Months?
By checking on your teeth every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. It can even extend into the bone, causing an abscess. If the cavity is found early, then it’s easy to treat it with a small filling. However, early cavities don’t cause pain in the tooth until they extend through the enamel, so you may not know you have one unless you get your regular checkups. A cracked tooth can cause pain, or the crack may get larger until a piece of the tooth breaks off. When the crack is small, it can be more easily fixed with bonding or a crown. When you get your dental checkup in Virginia Beach, your dentist will be able to find problems like these before they cause significant pain.
Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults. People with gum disease can often receive treatment, including special deep cleaning techniques, that can get rid of many of the bacteria and improve their condition. However, if gum disease is caught late in its progression, then damage to teeth, ligaments, and bone may already have occurred. Furthermore, oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Most oral cancers are treatable, if they’re caught early. The best chance for catching these diseases early is to get your dental checkup in Virginia Beach, because your dentist will inspect thoroughly (including in parts of your mouth that are very hard for you to see yourself) and knows exactly what to look for. Seeing your dentist regularly could save your life.
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If you have not scheduled a checkup lately, be sure to call us now to make your appointment! Waiting will only increase the potential for oral health problems. If you’ve recently moved to the area, it would be very helpful for us to have the records from your old dentist. You don’t have to get them yourself; just bring your old dentist’s name and phone number, and we’ll call to get the records.
Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups. Having a family dentist is great, so that you and your child can share the experience of dental visits, and your child won’t feel anxious about dental visits when he or she sees that you go to the same office. Dr. Mary Lewis cares for children as well as adults, and loves caring for whole families! Call our office to schedule your dental checkup in Virginia Beach.