Oral screenings help catch potential problems, such as gum disease or cancer, early so they can be treated before serious complications occur. At Complete Health Dentistry, located in Ashburn, Virginia, Dr. Hebda provides regular oral screenings to men, women, and families. Don’t take your oral health for granted. Call the office, or book online to schedule your screening today.
Oral Health Screening
What is involved in an oral screening?
Oral screenings are an important part of your overall oral health. At every cleaning Dr. Hebda performs and Oral Cancer Screening. When you undergo this screening, Dr. Hebda does a thorough examination of all the tissue in your mouth.
Who should get an oral cancer screening?
Men, women, and children benefit from regular oral cancer screenings. If you make certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking or heavy drinking, you should take extra care to include oral cancer screenings as a part of every visit. Oral screenings also check the general health of your mouth.
How is your gum health evaluated?
Your gums are an essential part of your oral health and your overall health. Dr. Hebda with performing a periodontal exam which evaluates your gum tissue and bone and looks for signs of periodontal disease, including
- Red, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
People with gum disease also often have persistent bad breath. If you have gum disease, treatment is necessary to prevent tooth decay and loss.
What therapies are available for periodontal disease?
Plaque and tartar accumulate under the gum line, aggravating your gum infection. The team at Complete Health Dentistry offers gum infection therapy to ensure the area is completely smooth and spotless. This discourages the bacteria from continuing to infect your gums.
How can I ensure good gum and oral tissue health?
Good oral hygiene habits including seeing your dental professional twice a year or as recommended help protect from gum infection and disease. If you have mild redness and tenderness in your gums that indicate gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, seek care from Dr. Hebda right away. You can reverse the process of gum infection with regular dental visits and pristine at-home care. If your gum disease does progress, Dr. Hebda can offer more intensive treatments to prevent serious side effects.
To preserve the health of your gums and other soft tissue of the mouth, avoid using any tobacco products and heavy drinking. Intense, direct, and unprotected sun exposure also puts you at risk of skin cancer on your lips.
To prevent gum disease and promote overall health, brush thoroughly at least two times per day for two minutes and floss at least once. Visit Complete Health Dentistry for twice-yearly professional cleanings as recommended.
To schedule your oral health screening, call Complete Health Dentistry, or book an appointment online.