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Agoka Dental | Your First Visit in Tampa

3306 West Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 879-9000

Dr. Naresh Kalra, D.D.S., P.A.
Dr. Rajiv Kalra, DMD

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Your First Visit
 

LIKE SOME PATIENTS, you may wonder why an oral examination is necessary when you visit the dentist. You may also wonder what the dentist is looking for or what an exam entails. Here is some general information that will help you become more informed about the importance of oral exams to your oral and general health.

firstvisit_img.jpgYour dentist performs a dental exam to gather information about your oral health. The extent of  the exam you will receive depends on a number of factors, including whether you are a new or returning patient, the length of time since your last dental visit; and whether you are returning to have a specific dental condition checked.

 

Systemic Health

Oral health is integrally connected with your general health. Regular check-ups are important because some diseases or medical conditions have signs that can appear in the  mouth. Diabetes, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies, and hormonal irregularities are some examples.

 

Your Teeth

Checking for dental decay is an important part of an oral exam. Your dentist will check for sign of decay, including secondary decay around old fillings and decay of tooth roots, which may become exposed with age or due to periodontal disease. Diagnosing tooth decay early can save time, money and your teeth! If you wear dentures, it's important for your dentist to periodically check them for proper fit. Although they were made to fit precisely, dentures can become loose due to naturally occurring changes in your gums and bones

 

Periodontal Disease

Given the potential links between the bacteria that cause gum disease and systemic diseases, prevention of periodontal  disease  is an important step in maintaining  overall health. Periodontal disease affects three out of four adults at some time in their lives. It doesn't necessary hurt, and you may not even be aware that you have it until an advanced stage. Regular dental visits are essential for detecting periodontal diseases at an early stage , when it can often be reversed, before the gums and the supporting bone are irreversibly damaged

 

Cancer Screening

During a complete dental examination, your dentist will screen for precancerous  changes in the oral  tissues and thus help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. If oral cancer is not found early, tumors  may grow  deep into local tissues and spread to lymph glands in the neck. When tumors invade lymph glands, there is less of a chance for effective treatment. Your dentist checks your neck and oral tissues for lumps, masses, growths, red or white patches or recurring sore area.

 

Changes in Your Health 

Be sure to let your dentist know if you have any illnesses or medical conditions and if your health status has changed since your last visit. Tell your dentist what  medications you are taking (both prescription and over the counter products) and if you' have had any problems with medications

By scheduling regular dental visit and talking with your dentist, you can help keep your mouth healthy throughout your life.

 
 
 
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