Many oral and system-wide diseases can be diagnosed from the dental chair through pain-free screenings. Bad breath, dry mouth, and bleeding gums are symptoms that can give the trained dentists, like Dr. Michael Delmont, of Delmont Dentistry, insight into serious health issues.
Dr. Delmont emphasizes preventive dentistry. This means that routine dental exams always include a professional cleaning and a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. These include:
- Oral cancer screening – There is a death from oral cancer every 60 minutes in the United States, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, and more than 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. Oral cancer has a high cure rate when detected in its earliest stages. Dr. Delmont will perform a pain-free oral screening at each exam. The screening takes just a few minutes with life-saving impact. He will look at your mouth, tongue, soft palette, and lips for any lesions, white patches, discolorations, or ulcers, which can be warning signs of future oral cancer. In addition, should you ever have a mouth lesion that dos not heal after two weeks, it is imperative to contact a dentist immediately. The screening takes just a few minutes with lifesaving impact.
- Gum disease screening – Bad breath, reddened gums, and bleeding after brushing can be signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis in its early stages, then progressing to advanced periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. An additional marker of gum disease is gum recession. Dr. Delmont will monitor this by measuring and charting the pocket depth between the teeth and gums. Your doctor will inquire about family history of gum disease, whether are a smoker, your diet, and overall dental hygiene habits.
- Bone density scans – A full series of X-rays can indicate a wealth of dental conditions especially in situations where there are no visible signs of problems. For example, x-rays can show decaying areas beneath a filling or in the crevices between teeth, reveal bone loss resulting from advanced gum disease, and show changes in the bone or root canal that is caused by an infection. X-rays also can show tumors or cysts in the gums and bones.
- Patient history – A detailed patient history can help Dr. Delmont connect the dots between symptoms and a physical cause. In cases where a dental basis cannot be found for the symptoms, you may be referred to a primary care physician or specialist.
Make preventive dental care a cornerstone of your wellness plan through pain-free dentistry screenings. Call Delmont Dentistry today at (310) 652-7742.