How can we help you?
The team at THE Smile Lounge is always happy to answer your questions about our practice and services. The best way to make decisions about your dental care is to learn everything you can and ask questions that are important to you. We encourage you to contact our office, and we'll be happy to provide any information you need.
We've shared a few of our more frequently asked questions, but we'd love to hear from you if you don't see yours listed here!
Dental Cleanings & Exams
The only way you can know for sure whether you have gum disease is by having a thorough exam from your dentist. Gum disease does not always present with symptoms, so you may still have a periodontal infection even if you’re not showing signs of the disease.
However, there are a few common symptoms that are a strong indication that gum disease is present:
- Your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or bite down on something hard or crunchy.
- You’ve noticed that an area of your gum is red, inflamed, or swollen.
- Your gums seem to be receding or pulling away from your teeth.
- You experience chronic, persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Your teeth feel loose.
Gum disease progresses through several stages. If we catch it in its earliest stage, we'll develop a personalized treatment plan, including thorough professional cleanings and follow-up visits. Later stages may require a deep cleaning, antibiotic therapy, and more frequent visits for cleanings. In some cases, Dr. Breaux may refer you to a specialist for advanced treatment.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call our Bakersfield dental office to arrange a professional cleaning and exam. The sooner we start treatment, the sooner we can get your oral health back on track.