& Second Opinions
Even brushing and flossing every day may not be enough to prevent you from eventually suffering from a cavity or gum disease. You can, however, keep the chances of such oral health problems ever occurring as low as possible by visiting Dr. Crumpton once every six months (or more often depending on the state of your mouth). Call us today if you’re overdue for a preventive checkup or cleaning; scheduling a visit sooner instead of later could save you additional trips for more complex care in the future!
A comprehensive examination will be performed during your checkup. We’ll look closely at the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues for warning signs of underlying health problems. We may also take X-rays or CBCT scans as deemed necessary. During a routine appointment, we clean the teeth in order to remove plaque and tartar that can lead to cavities. Tartar in particular cannot be removed with regular brushing; it requires one of our advanced instruments.
Oral cancer can form on the gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, or floor of the mouth. It’s usually characterized by sores that don’t heal, discolored patches, unusual growths or lumps, difficulty with swallowing, and even loose teeth. If we find any of these symptoms, we’ll check for other possible causes before arranging for a biopsy to be performed. Finding these warning signs early on so that you can be treated sooner can dramatically improve your odds of survival.
Fluoride helps repair weakened tooth enamel by replenishing some of the calcium and phosphate that is lost through normal biting and chewing. While your body will likely have plenty of chances to take in fluoride in the form of tap water and toothpaste, we can give your pearly whites a little extra dose during your next appointment. A fluoride varnish or gel will be placed on the teeth so that the enamel can absorb it, improving its defenses until your next visit.
Grinding your teeth at night can take quite a toll on your dental health, but what can you do about it? You won’t have much control over what your mouth does while you’re asleep even if you’re aware of the problem, so your best option is to make sure the teeth are protected against any damage they might suffer during the night. Our personalized nightguards will stop your teeth from making direct contact with each other and give cushion to your jaw muscles, letting you enjoy a peaceful night without having to worry about dental damage and jaw pain in the morning.
Choosing the right dental hygiene product could mean the difference between returning to our office in six months for a regular checkup and returning sooner for an emergency visit. If you have concerns about the products you’re using at home, bring them with you to your next appointment. We’d be happy to share some of our own recommendations, including Oxyfresh, OraCare, and other brands that we use in-office.