It’s important to schedule regular dental checkups. The ADA recommends that you see your dentist every six months. During this time the dentist (or dental hygienist) will probably evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination and examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Don’t be surprises if your dentist checks for plaque and tartar build up. One of the reasons we have you come so often is that plaque and tartar can build up quickly if good oral hygiene is not practiced at home. This plaque can lead to gum disease.
Here is a list of some of the things the dentist will look for during your examination:
- Examine your gums
- Will look for signs of gum disease.
- Check for loose teeth
- Examine your tongue
- Check your bite
- Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Check for broken teeth
- Check for damaged fillings
- Look for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluate your dental appliances
- Check the contact between your teeth
- Take X-rays
The trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. We at Brogdon Dental want to make sure you have as enjoyable experience as possible. Call us today to schedule your Checkup. Hopefully you will see how essential it can be.
We would like to welcome our new Associate, Dr. Joshua McKinney, to our Brogdon Dental professional team! Here is a short bio of Dr. McKinney. We hope you will stop in to meet him and say hello the next time you’re by our office.
Dr. Joshua McKinney was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. After graduating from The McCallie School, he attended Wofford College where he had the great opportunity to play college baseball. During his time at Wofford, Dr. McKinney had great mentors who helped guide him to pursue his passion in health care. After graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He currently lives in Ooltewah with his wife Brittne and their two golden retrievers. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, golfing, fitness and traveling. Dr. McKinney is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and Chattanooga Area Dental Society.
April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and many pre-cancer and cancers can be found early during your routine dental examination. Unfortunately though, some cancers may not cause symptoms at all until they’ve reached an advanced stage, or they may cause symptoms similar to those caused by a disease other than cancer, such as a toothache. Many dentist recommend you routinely check your mouth for sores or anything unusual.
Some factors that can contribute to your increased risk of Oral Cancer include:
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
If you have any of these factors or have found an unusual sore or lesion in your mouth, please let us know. Dr. Brogdon may want to perform an Oral Cancer Examination. The American Dental Association recommends all adults undergo periodic oral exams when they visit the dentist.
Remember you may not always experience any pain until later stages. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Call today to set up your appointment.