Fluoride: Your Teeth’s Best Friend

Most people have heard of fluoride and associate the powerful mineral with a trip to the dentist’s office. However, many don’t understand what fluoride is, where it can be found, and how it benefits our teeth. Here is a quick overview of how a simple mineral with significant cavity-fighting powers can benefit our teeth as well as our overall health!

fluoride toothpaste on a toothbrush

 

What is Fluoride?

The American Dental Association identifies fluoride as a natural mineral that helps to prevent cavities. While the mineral occurs naturally in several foods, it’s commonly used as a staple ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. Its ability to strengthen tooth enamel makes it an important part of oral health.

 

How Can Fluoride Benefit My Teeth?

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems, and consistently providing your teeth with an adequate amount of fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. Cavities occur because of weakened enamel. However, fluoride’s ability to strengthen enamel greatly improves overall oral health and fights the corrosion of teeth.

Fluoride’s cavity-fighting powers benefit both children and adults. The mineral’s systemic benefit sets teeth up for success before they break through the gums by strengthening the new teeth and making it easier for them to resist decay once they come through the gums, and fluoride’s topical benefit strengthens teeth that have begun to weaken over time.

 

What are Some Common Sources of Fluoride?

As a natural mineral, fluoride occurs in several of the foods we consume. Some foods and drinks rich in the mineral include:

  • Potatoes
  • Crab
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Most water sources also contain significant natural fluoride

Other sources include:

  • Most types of toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Professional fluoride treatments
  • Fluoride supplements–generally recommended for children whose water sources do not provide adequate fluoride

 

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about educating our patients on the most effective ways to care for their teeth. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!

Sleep Apnea: How it Affects Your Teeth

sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious condition where a person doesn’t breathe properly while they slumber. This results in periods of not breathing at all, which is not only unhealthy for the brain or heart but unhealthy on a person’s oral health.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you need to let your dentist know. Here are some ways sleep apnea affects your oral health.

Teeth grinding

Many people who have sleep apnea also grind their teeth in their sleep. This is the result of the stress on the body as it struggles to restore oxygen levels.

When you’re a chronic tooth grinder, you wear down your tooth enamel by chipping, cracking, or actively breaking your teeth. You also put your jaw at risk with the constant pressure you put on these bones.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can be common in some people who have sleep apnea, particularly patients who are overweight. During rest, the stomach acids for digesting foods comes into the back of the throat and enters the mouth, eroding the dental tissue as a result. People with serious acid reflux often show signs of tooth damage on the backs of teeth where the acids are most prevalent.

Dental Alignment

Clenching the teeth tightly during sleep can cause the teeth to align poorly, which results in jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or even a locking jaw effect during waking hours.

Dental Intervention

Luckily, there are things your dentist can do to help keep your mouth healthy even if you are a chronic sleep apnea sufferer. Special mouth guards can be prescribed to help protect your teeth against grinding and clenching activities. Prescription toothpaste and remineralization treatments can also be done to help restore tooth enamel damaged by acid reflux.

If you have sleep apnea, notify your dentist. Even if you don’t feel you have any dental issues related to your sleeping condition, your teeth should be examined and given special care. Our dental team at Cherrywood Dental Associates are here to serve you; contact us today for a consultation.

Teething Symptoms and Treatments

baby chewing on teething toy

Teething can be challenging for babies and parents, but there are several ways that parents can make teething easier on their babies. At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we make it a priority to provide new parents with an overview of what to expect from teething to provide their children with excellent dental care from the appearance of their first teeth!

When Do Babies Start Teething?

Most babies begin teething when they are between six and twelve months old. However, because babies are born with all twenty of their primary teeth, it is possible for babies’ teeth to begin to grow in before they are six months old. On average, the earliest you might notice the first signs of teething is when your baby is about four months old. Front teeth typically come in first, and the bottom front teeth are often the first to appear. Canine teeth follow the front teeth, and molars typically come in last.

Teething Symptoms

There are several signs of teething that parents may notice before teeth come through the gums. Some teething symptoms that are considered to be normal include:

  • Fussiness/irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Trouble sleeping

Other symptoms, such as a rash or fever, may occur. However, these are not considered to be normal, and parents should consult a pediatrician if their teething baby has a persistent rash or fever.

Treatments for Teething

As a parent, it can be difficult to see babies experience the discomfort of teething, but there are several at-home remedies that parents can use to ease the teething symptoms. One of the best ways to soothe teething is to give your baby something cold to chew on, such as a wet washcloth, teething ring, or another teething toy, which can help to ease painful gums. Children’s Tylenol or ibuprofen can also be used if your baby is especially fussy, but medications should be used sparingly.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about helping you set your children’s teeth up for success by caring for their oral health from the appearance of the monumental first tooth. Contact us today to learn more about teething or to schedule your child’s first appointment!

Veneers and Lumineers May Help You Restore Your Smile

dental veneers on table and finger

Over time, the protective coating on your teeth, also known as enamel tends to begin to wear off. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the wearing of your enamel including the diet choices that you make to the drinks that you choose to consume. Habits such as grinding your teeth can also further add to enamel loss. Once enamel gets lost, it cannot get brought back.

However, there are alternatives to restoring your smile, even if you cannot have your full enamel restored. These options include both veneers and lumineers, which can be put over your teeth to help restore your smile.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are porcelain pieces that were made to act similarly to enamel in the sense that it’s a fragile layer (about 0.02mm thick) that goes over your teeth. Veneers will instantly give you a brighter, whiter smile that reflects the light in all of the correct places. Your veneers get custom-made so that they match the color of your regular teeth as closely as possible.

Veneers have become a typical way to help do anything from brightening up your existing teeth to helping to repair chipped teeth that you wish to have looked more natural when you smile. While your teeth do have to be shaved down to help make up the difference in thickness between veneers and your regular teeth, the process is generally done with little to no Novocaine and is relatively painless.

What is the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers, just like veneers, are a fragile layer of porcelain that goes over the tooth to protect it and give it a newfound whiteness. However, lumineers are incredibly strong and are made to be durable and last the upwards of 20 years, or even more, assuming they are well-maintained. Their transparent material helps them look completely natural, and most people will not even notice that you are wearing these over your natural teeth.

These coverings also require no preparing of the teeth beforehand. If you ever decide you don’t like them or need them replaced after a couple of decades, that’s no issue as we can return them without any additional hassle to you.

Procedure

To put either veneers or lumineers, you happen to find yourself looking at a pretty basic process. There’s no preparation to the teeth before the veneers are put on.

However, if you are interested in other forms of veneers, it’s common that your teeth will need shaving into the correct shape before the veneers can get placed over your natural teeth. Different types of veneers require two appointments, one to shave the teeth down (to make room for the thickness of the veneers) and at the second appointment, the veneers get applied and stuck to your teeth with a special liquid gel so that a strong bond develops between both the tooth and the veneer that will get placed on it.

Longevity & Care

As long as you take care of your new veneers just like you would your regular teeth, veneers can last for decades and potentially the rest of your life. They were designed to endure the wear and use of your daily routines and can become as equally durable as your regular teeth. You still need to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and maintain a good brushing and flossing routine at home while also eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding unhealthy beverages that stain teeth or are loaded with sugar.

In these cases, veneers can make a significant long-term “fix” to chipped, stained, or otherwise damaged teeth.

Conclusions

At Cherrywood Dental Associates we are happy to help you determine if veneers are the right way to help you brighten up your smile. Please contact us via telephone at (703) 565-5078 for our Woodbridge, Virginia location or 301-982-3300 for our Greenbelt, Maryland location so that we can help you set up a consultation to get your veneers fitted today.

How Food and Drink Choices Impact Your Teeth

If you’re like most people, you try to eat nutritious foods to keep your body healthy. But, did you know that your food and drink choices can actually have a major impact on your teeth? In addition to staining and discoloration, the foods and drinks you consume can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, with a few minor diet changes, you can help ensure healthy teeth and gums.

What Foods Are Good for My Teeth?

Apples, celery, and carrots are not only great for your body, but they also help promote good oral health. These high-fiber foods help stimulate the salivary glands, which help guard against cavities. Dairy products like cheese, milk, and plain yogurt contain calcium, vitamin D, and phosphates, which are also good for your teeth.

What Foods Should I Avoid?

Any foods that contain high amounts of sugar are not good for your teeth. Especially when it comes to sticky foods like candy, it can be difficult to ensure your teeth are completely free of sugar, even after brushing. Chips, bread, and pasta are all as equally harmful to your teeth as candy because, when broken down, these foods turn to sugar. These sugars invite harmful bacteria, which then leads to cavities.

What Drinks Are Good for My Teeth?

You probably already know the many health benefits associated with drinking plenty of water. However, to help keep your teeth strong and healthy, make sure your drinking water includes fluoride. Both green and black teas can also help guard against tooth decay and gum disease.

What Drinks Should I Avoid?

Carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices contain high amounts of sugar that contribute to the harmful growth of bacteria. Harsh chemicals found in carbonated beverages, like soda, can wear away the enamel on your teeth, thus leaving your teeth exposed and susceptible to decay.

Making the right food and drink choices can have a significant impact on the health of your teeth and gums. At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we have the knowledge and expertise to help keep your mouth healthy. Contact us to schedule your comprehensive exam today.

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Dentistry

Before undergoing dental work, you may be considering treatment options that include laser dentistry. Although the practice has been around for some time and is known for offering a wide range of benefits, you may still be unclear about what it is and why it may be the best choice for you. In an effort to help you understand more about the technology and how it can benefit you, we’ve outlined some basic information about laser dentistry below.

What Is Laser Dentistry?

Potentially offering a more comfortable treatment option for a wide range of dental procedures, laser dentistry uses light energy to treat a variety of dental conditions. The laser allows for the safe and effective removal of tissue and can also be used to remove dead cells, infection, and decay.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?

There’s no longer an excuse for not going to see your dentist. It’s a virtually pain-free option that often requires no anesthesia. In case that’s not enough of a reason to make the switch, we’ve listed even more benefits below.

  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Sutures often unnecessary
  • Faster healing time
  • Reduced risk of infection

What Procedures Can Use Laser Dentistry?

There are many ways in which laser dentistry can be used to treat dental and other conditions of the mouth. Most commonly, dental lasers are used to:

  • Treat and remove abscesses
  • Stop bleeding
  • Treat and remove canker sores
  • Treat periodontal disease
  • Re-contour the gums
  • Perform biopsies needed to identify oral cancer
  • Remove a frenulum or small fold of tissue that is preventing movement in the mouth

Is It Safe?

If you’re interested in laser dentistry, you may be wondering if it is safe. Fortunately, dental lasers are very safe. In fact, they can actually help make your dental procedure safer than with traditional dentistry because they allow us to be more precise and can reduce the risk of infection.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we take pride in offering our patients the right treatment options for their individual needs. For more information about laser dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

3 Steps To Get Rid Of Bad Breath For Sure

Are you constantly worried about how your breath smells to others? If so, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, there may be some very specific reasons for your bad breath that only a professional can determine. Whether you’ve been battling bad breath for years or just recently noticed a concerning change, scheduling an appointment with your dentist is the best way to get solutions. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do right now to help eliminate bad breath at home.

Hydration Is Key

One of the easiest ways to fight bad breath is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. When your mouth gets too dry, the lack of saliva can cause the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Especially when you first wake up after sleeping, drinking water is a great way to kick start those salivary glands and help increase moisture in your mouth.

Good Oral Hygiene Makes a Difference

Practicing proper oral hygiene is another great way to help maintain fresh breath. Although brushing and flossing twice a day is recommended and helps to prevent cavities, it takes more than that to keep bad breath at bay. Since the majority of the bacteria that causes bad breath lives on your tongue, you need to clean your tongue with a tongue and cheek cleaner or with your toothbrush. Using an alcohol-free mouth rinse after brushing is also helpful and helps reduce the risk of bad breath.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet Helps Too

You likely already know that consuming foods with a strong taste or smell can contribute to bad breath. Acidic foods like vinegar or sugar create odor-causing bacteria in the mouth, which causes halitosis. For fresher breath, try sticking to proteins and grains. These foods can help increase saliva production and may help reduce your bad breath.

Whether you experience temporary bouts of bad breath from time-to-time or you’re suffering from constant bad breath no matter what you do, we’re here to help. At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we want to help you maintain healthy oral habits that promote good breath. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

TMJ / Bruxism: The Cause of Your Headaches and Facial Pain

If you suffer from facial pain and migraines, the problem might come from your jaw. Your joints (TMJ) are the joints and attached muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth. Without them, you couldn’t talk, chew, or swallow. Problems that affect these joints include attached ligaments, muscles, and even your jaw. TMJ disorders can result in pain in the ear, jaw, and one or both TMJ. Aching facial pain may be experienced as well. TMJ disorders can even cause pain and difficulty when chewing or locking of the joint which makes it difficult to open or close your mouth.

There are several different causes for TMJ disorders, including:

  • Dislocation or injury
  • Arthritis
  • Problems with tooth and jaw alignment
  • Teeth grinding

Bruxism

Bruxism is defined as a condition in which you clench, grind, or gnash your teeth. It is common for patients to be completely unaware of the problem of whether bruxism occurs during sleep or wakeful hours. Mild bruxism may be temporary and not even require treatment. Severe bruxism can have a serious impact on your health. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Grinding loud enough to wake your partner
  • Headaches
  • Worn tooth enamel or damaged teeth
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Locked jaw that won’t open or close completely
  • Ear or face pain

How Tension Affects Your Teeth

Tension is the number one reason people grind their teeth. Other reasons include sleep disorders, side-effects of certain medications, and uneven bite. Bruxism causes pain and can also cause serious damage to your teeth. Grinding your teeth can cause them to wear down faster. When enamel wears away, teeth are more sensitive, and actually, grow weaker and more prone to cracks. Without treatment, bruxism can cause tooth loss and even gum inflammation or receding gums.

Getting Relief

Treatment for bruxism and TMJ can help ease your pain. Visiting your dentist when pain begins will help you get diagnosed quickly and find the treatment that is best for you. Treatment for jaw pain depends on the cause and severity of your condition. Your treatment plan may use a combination of office and at-home techniques. Some treatments for TMJ disorders include:

  • Avoid stress.
  • Try a night guard.
  • Seek orthodontic treatment.
  • Consider Botox.
  • Perform exercises that stretch your jaw.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates we get to know each patient on a personal level to provide gentle caring services that you can count on. If you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, or tooth damage from grinding your teeth, contact us today for a free consultation and get your pain-free sparkling smile back.

Sources:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/tmj

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/symptoms-causes/syc-20356095

Dental Fillings Greenbelt MD – What to Expect from Cavity Repair

Teeth fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. If you have a cavity or think you may have a cavity, you probably have a lot of questions about what the dentist will do about it. In this blog post, we hope to shine some light on what you can expect, so you will be as comfortable as possible when your dental appointment comes up.

Why do I need dental fillings?

If you have a dental cavity, it is because your tooth has begun to decay. If the cavity is bad enough, you have probably already started to experience pain or sensitivity in the tooth. You may think that you can simply deal with the pain. Perhaps you are afraid of the dentist or are unsure whether it is worth the financial outlay to get your tooth fixed. It is very important that you understand that relieving pain is not the only reason to have a cavity filled.

Because a cavity is caused by tooth decay, the state of the tooth will continue to degrade absent intervention. If the cavity is allowed to get too large, a root canal may be necessary. It is possible, in extreme cases, that even a root canal will not be enough and the tooth will need to be removed. Filling the cavity cleans and disinfects the tooth. It removes any damage and seals the tooth from further bacteria and decay. This is part of the reason dental fillings are so crucial to a healthy mouth.

Protecting the cavity from bacteria is another good reason to have your cavity filled. Bacteria in the tooth can attack the living cells and cause pain. In severe cases, the tooth can be abscessed. An abscessed tooth will also require more severe dental intervention than a simple cavity.

Getting your cavities filled as soon as your or your dental professional notice them is important to minimize the amount of work you’ll need to be done later.

Pain management for teeth fillings

As you wait for your dental appointment, there are some steps you can take to minimize the pain from your cavity. Medications that you can use include over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs and clove oil. Clove oil, also known as Eugenol, should be available in the dental section of your local pharmacy.

While you wait for your prescription, you should also make some lifestyle changes to help minimize the pain from the cavity. In many cases, extreme hot or cold will exacerbate tooth pain. Pay attention to your tooth pain as you eat foods that are very hot or very cold and avoid the ones that cause you pain.

Foods with extreme temperatures will let you know when they are hurting your tooth. There are other, more silent, dangers to your tooth that could worsen the pain. While your tooth is in a vulnerable state from the cavity, avoid eating foods that are very sugary or very acidic.

It is also extra important to keep your mouth clean as you await your appointment. Do not be afraid to brush your teeth, or to floss. These activities will not hurt the tooth and will help keep its conditioning from worsening and increasing your pain.

Preparation for tooth fillings

Before a tooth can be filled, all of the decay must be removed. This is done with a dental drill. To ensure that you do not feel any pain from the drilling, your tooth will be numbed. The tooth is numbed with an injection of anesthetic, though a gel anesthetic may be applied first to reduce the pain from the injection.

Once the decay has been removed, the dentist will finish the preparation for your dental fillings by thoroughly cleaning the area to ensure a good bond. The tooth will then be ready to receive the filling material.

Types of dental fillings

There are two mains types of filling material. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Those types are silver amalgam and composite resin.

Silver amalgam is a blend of mercury with silver, tin, and copper. This type of dental filling has been around since the late 1800s, and as such it has a long history of proven success. Amalgam fillings are affordable and long-lasting. The main drawback to silver amalgam fillings is that they are very noticeable. They do not blend in with the surrounding tooth at all.

The problem of highly visible and unattractive fillings was solved with composite resin. Resin composite is the same color as the tooth and is unnoticeable. This makes resin composite a particularly attractive option for the highly visible teeth near the front of the mouth. Resin also has the advantage of bonding really well to the tooth’s surface. Composite fillings have their downside as well. They do not last as long as amalgam fillings. So for teeth that are less visible, amalgam may be the better option.

Cost of dental fillings

There are many factors that go into determining the cost of a dental filling. As a rough estimate, amalgam fillings for one or two surfaces cost an average of $50-$150 compared to $90-250 for composite resin fillings. Keep in mind that what your dental insurance covers may vary. Most insurers consider composite resin to be a cosmetic upgrade and pay less for those. In addition to the filling appointment itself, you’ll need to add in the cost of the initial appointment and the x-rays.

Care after fillings

It will take a few hours for the anesthetic to wear off after your teeth have been filled. Be careful when chewing while your mouth is still numb. It is very easy to accidentally bite yourself and not realize it. If you chew while the anesthetic is still active, try to chew on a part of your mouth that was not worked on and is not numb.

Your teeth will also be sensitive to extreme temperature after the dental fillings. This sensitivity can last up to a few weeks. In some cases, it may last even longer. As long as their condition continues to improve, this is not something that you should worry about. The area around the injection site might also be tender for a few days.

Silver amalgam fillings take up to 24 hours to set, so you should avoid eating hard foods during that period. If possible, try to do most of your chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. Composite resins set much quicker, so this restriction will not apply with those.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we pride ourselves on our people skills and our commitment to your oral health. We are aware that many people are nervous about dental visits, and will do our best to put you at ease so that you are comfortable getting your cavities repaired promptly. Please contact us for an appointment if you are experiencing tooth pain or suspect you have a cavity.

Healthy Habits, Thorough Cleanings, and Routine Visits to Your Dentist: Essentials to Great Oral Hygiene

The health of your mouth is essential to a multitude of factors in your life, from the look of your smile to the health of your overall well-being. Maintaining good oral hygiene is fundamental to the health of your mouth, providing protection against a variety of problems and safeguarding your beautiful smile. And as trained professionals dedicated to oral health, your dental team can help keep your oral hygiene and health stay in tip-top shape with routine visits, cleanings, and all of the right habits.

Oral Hygiene: The Basics

Good oral hygiene starts with you. Your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth must be properly cared for on a daily basis to maintain function, optimum health, and to prevent serious complications. Poor oral hygiene can result in a variety of issues, but can easily be avoided by taking the proper precautions and adopting the appropriate habits.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

The most obvious advantage to good oral hygiene is a beautiful and brilliant smile. But in addition to pretty teeth, good oral hygiene can prevent a wide array of physical, emotional, and even financial complications. Scientific research performed over recent decades proves that oral health has astonishing connections to our overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can have significant impacts on your life and have been linked to the following issues:

  • Medical problems and conditions such as multiple types of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Lack of confidence, low-self esteem, and poor work performance.
  • Increased risk of pregnancy-related complications such as premature birth and low birth-weight.
  • Oral complications like gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, tooth loss, abscesses, and more.
  • Costly dental procedures and surgeries to correct oral complications.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

In addition to practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors like eating a nutritious diet and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, you must be responsible for maintaining good oral hygiene every day. But making the right choices can really pay off in the end. Always try to remember the 3 most important habits for maintaining oral hygiene: brush, floss, and rinse.

Begin with an ADA-approved, soft-bristle toothbrush. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice each day; once in the morning and once before bed. You should replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

For anyone over the age of 1, add an appropriately-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to your toothbrush. While brushing your teeth, remember to carefully reach every part of every tooth, tongue, gums, and cheeks. Hold your toothbrush at about 45-degrees for the best brushing angle.

When you’re done brushing, begin flossing by wrapping about 1-foot of dental floss around one finger on each of your hands. Very carefully and gently glide that dental floss through each of your teeth, taking special care around the sensitive, gum area.

After discarding your dental floss, use a high-quality mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Mouthwashes and rinses kill germs and bacteria while helping prevent tartar build-up and cavities.

How Your Dental Team Helps Protect Oral Hygiene and Health

Centuries of experience and research allow us the ability to seek help and guidance from trusted professionals in any area of life. Your dental team is equipped with knowledge and training to help you maintain good oral hygiene and handle your oral health at any stage of life. As dental professionals, your dentist can help you improve or maintain your oral hygiene and health with routine exams, cleanings, and x-rays.

Routine Visits and What to Expect

It is recommended that most people see the dentist roughly every 6 months for exams and cleanings. Just as your family doctor uses annual exams to prevent and treat physical issues, your dentist uses routine exams to optimize your oral health. Here’s what you can expect at the typical dental exam:

  • Your dentist will examine your teeth using a variety of tools, instruments, and x-rays. These images along with the physical examination help your dentist spot any trouble areas or complications.
  • During a cleaning, your dentist will use tools and instruments to thoroughly and intricately clean your teeth, as well as the rest of your mouth. These cleanings help get rid of bacteria, germs, tartar, plaque, and debris missed by your daily routine.
  • Your dentist may also check your head, neck, or jaw as part of the exam to check for any unwanted lumps, lesions, or pain.
  • Routine visits also include education provided by your dentist to ensure you are practicing the proper, hygienic habits, as well as to help you avoid oral complications in the future. He or she may also discuss oral health risk factors and medical history with you.
  • If your dentist spots any issues during your exam or in the images that were taken, you may require treatment or additional services.

The Cost of Dental Exams

As with most dental services, the cost of a dental exam varies based on a variety of factors. However, most dental insurance programs cover the cost of your routine dental visits, cleanings, and x-rays. Considered preventative services, insurance companies understand the value of preventing costly procedures. Depending on your insurance coverage, the majority or all of the cost associated with routine exams and cleanings may be covered. To get a better look of what insurance would cover, contact your dentists to see which policies they accept. For example if you’re working with an Avon Lake OH dentist then contact them to ensure they accept your policy.

There are many people who do not have dental insurance coverage, however. For those covering the entire cost of an exam, cleaning, or x-ray, the total can vary. You can expect to pay, on average, between $200-$300 for your exam and cleaning. This cost does not include treatment or other services for any issues that your dentist may find during the exam. But when comparing the costly procedures that could result from poor oral hygiene, it’s easy to see why routine exams with your dentist are always the way to go.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we understand the importance of good oral hygiene and are here to help you maintain your oral health through every step of your life. Keeping your smile beautiful, brilliant, and healthy is always our top priority. To find out how we can help you perfect your smile and to schedule your appointment, contact our trusted staff today!

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