Dental Exams & Teeth Cleaning in Fishkill, NY
Whether you need a smile check-up and teeth cleaning or require more extensive dental services to restore your smile and improve your quality of life, our Family Dental Group dentists in Fishkill, NY are ready to help.
We understand that you want to be able to speak with confidence, eat with ease, and laugh whole-heartedly without feeling embarrassed about the condition of your teeth. Whether it’s been a few months or several years since you last saw a dentist, our Fishkill team is ready to get your smile back on track.
During your first exam, your dentist will look for signs of:
- Tooth decay
- Teeth grinding
- Bone loss
- Oral cancer
- Periodontal (gum) disease
We want you to feel completely comfortable at our dental office in Fishkill and welcome any questions you have. Many of our patients have been coming to us for years because they trust us to keep their mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. We look forward to building that same relationship based on trust with you.
Teeth Cleaning and Gum Therapy
Most people call our dental office in Fishkill because it’s time to have their teeth cleaned. Professional teeth cleanings remove cavity-causing plaque and calculus. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that builds on your teeth every time you eat or drink. That’s why it’s important to brush after meals and to floss daily; it helps remove the plaque. If it’s not removed, then it hardens into a substance called calculus, keeping the bacteria pressed against the tooth where it can erode the enamel. That erosion process is called dental decay, and the result is a cavity – literally a hole in the tooth.
Brushing and flossing alone won’t dislodge calculus. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove the cavity-causing bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and in hard-to-reach places between the teeth.
The bacteria in your mouth can attack your gums as well as your teeth. Many people don’t realize that gingivitis is the first stage of gum (periodontal) disease. If your gums are red, puffy, or bleed when you brush or floss, that’s a sign that you may have an infection. If the infection is in the early stages, the hygienist can treat it during your hygiene visit. If it’s more advanced, the dentist may recommend you see a gum specialist called a periodontist for treatment.
Bad Breath Management
If you have bad breath, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from bad breath each year. The medical term is halitosis, and it affects 25 percent of the U.S. population.
While bad breath can be related to what you ate recently, more often it’s related to what’s happening with the germs in your mouth. When bacteria causes dental decay, the damaged cells can release an odor. Fortunately, professional teeth cleanings and gum treatment will address these issues. Following up with the proper at-home dental care, including brushing your teeth after meals, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash, also will help keep bad breath under control.
Oral Cancer Screening
As part of your first visit to our office, we offer an oral cancer screening. This quick, easy, and painless test allows the dentist to see signs of oral cancer that are not visible to the naked eye.
Oral cancer often has no symptoms in its early stages, which makes it particularly dangerous. By the time symptoms such as a lump are visible, the disease is frequently in the later stages of advancement and has metastasized to another location. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of more commonly known cancers including cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular cancer, and thyroid cancer.
Early detection saves lives. We recommend everyone over the age of 18 gets screened.
Teeth Grinding & Night Guards
Teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism, is a common condition that affects up to 40 million Americans. If it’s severe enough, it can wear down the enamel of your teeth. Our dentist will look for signs of teeth grinding and may ask you if you have any of these symptoms:
- Morning headaches
- Wake with a sore jaw
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
Teeth grinding is often caused by stress. However, it can also be the result of crooked teeth or a “bad bite.” Our dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Since it’s worn at night, this type of mouth guard is also called a night guard.