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What to Expect at a Dental Checkup

You brush and floss regularly, eat well, and as far as you know, your teeth and gums are in great shape. So why, perhaps you’re wondering, why do I have to bother with visiting the dentist at all? Maybe you’re busy. Maybe you have dental anxiety. Maybe you just don’t think it’s necessary.

It is.

While good oral hygiene at home is important and is a major component in keeping your mouth healthy, so is visiting a professional every six months. If you live in Panama City, FL, you will be in good hands at Panama City Smiles. Request your next appointment by calling 850-588-0185 or filling out our convenient online form.

We Really Clean Your Teeth

When you brush at home, you should be using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste — a powerful and effective pair for getting your teeth clean, indeed. But when we clean your teeth at the dental office, we have special tools that reach areas you can’t reach with your regular toothbrush, and we are able to remove stubborn plaque and tartar that, if left, would cause tooth decay and gum disease. We will also give you a thorough professional flossing and polish your teeth to remove stains and make the enamel shine.

We Catch Gum Disease Early On

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a dangerous affliction that can lead to tooth loss and is even associated with systemic issues like heart disease and diabetes. Many Americans have it but may not notice any symptoms in the early stages. At Panama City Smiles, we will thoroughly examine your gums, looking for any inflammation or other early signs of periodontal disease that are not yet apparent to you.

We See What’s Going On Under the Surface

Many dental problems start in places we can’t see with the naked eye — like in your jawbone under the gumline. X-rays enable us to spot impacted teeth, bone decay, cysts, and tumors and get an early start on treatment. Our digital X-rays expose you to minimal radiation and are totally safe.

We Check for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a potentially deadly condition that is critical to catch early on. We non-invasively check every patient for signs and symptoms of oral cancer at every checkup. This involves looking for discolored patches or sores inside your mouth and feeling for lumps or abnormalities in the tissue.

We Advise You on Next Steps

Hopefully, you will get a clean bill of oral health after your dental visit, make your next 6-month appointment, and go on your way. But sometimes, we find problems that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Whether you need a filling, gum disease treatment, or anything else, we will work with you to schedule any necessary follow-ups and bring your mouth back to health.

To request an appointment at Panama City Smiles, you may fill out our online contact form or call our office at 850-588-0185.

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