A quick peek into your mouth can reveal a lot about you, and we’re not just talking about your oral health. Your mouth can say a lot about your overall health too, and may even tell your team at my Charlottesville dental office a few things about your daily habits.
If you flossed right before your appointment and that’s really the only time, we can tell. Gums may be a bit bloody or swollen — both qualities that aren’t apparent in those who floss regularly. While we’re happy you gave it shot, we can’t stress enough how important flossing at least once a day, everyday, is for your oral health.
Nail biting may be a nervous habit of yours, and your dentist may be able to tell without even seeing your fingers. Nail biters usually have slight chips and cracks, and the teeth can become uneven. This can affect your bite. If your bite is out of alignment, symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular disorder), like jaw pain, may occur.
At each appointment, we aren’t only looking for signs of decay and cavities, we’re also checking for any signs of oral cancer. Some indicators can include white or red patches in the mouth, lumps on the lips, gums, or cheeks, and bleeding that seems to happen without cause. If caught early, oral cancer treatment can be very successful, which is just another reason to keep your dental appointments.
Sometimes those who suffer from bad breath don’t even know it. And while nobody likes to hear that their breath is a little less than fresh, diagnosing it and talking to your dentist about it is important. Bad breath can be a sign of something serious. A fruity stench could indicate diabetes, a fishy smell could mean liver or kidney failure, and bad breath in general could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease is very serious and can actually affect your heart health in addition to your oral health.
Regular appointments with your dentist in Charlottesville are an important part to getting and keeping your smile healthy. Dental exams every six months help catch oral health problems like cavities early, but they can also aid in identifying other concerns.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms above, or you’re overdue for your dental cleaning and exam, call my dental office in Charlottesville to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure to evaluate any concerns you have and get you started on an individualized treatment plan for a healthy mouth, and healthy body.
Welcoming patients from Charlottesville, Earlysville, and Ruckersville.
Dr. Kayton and all of his wonderful staff are friendly, professional, and competent. I’ve sent friends and family to them for years.
Great, pain-free dentistry, and a wonderful group of people! My teeth and gums are in better shape than they were when I was far younger, thanks to the great teamwork of Dr. Kayton and his outstanding dental technicians! Two thumbs up!
Excellent visit as always!
Dr. Kayton and his team took good care of me and did a great job. I have my beautiful smile back!
What a great experience. It’s always difficult to find a good dentist when you move to a new area. I look forward to my next visit.
Prompt, congenial, well organized, professional, and patient friendly.
Dr. Kayton and his staff are professional, friendly, and caring people. Every experience with them has been superb. I highly recommend this practice.
I completely trusted Dr. Kayton. He offers the highest tech equipment, has the nicest staff and takes the time to make sure you understand his evaluation.
Painless dentistry. Dedicated and compassionate staff. Efficient. The most complicated dental work I have had has been done here; also the most pleasant and painless.