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How Often Should You See the Dentist?

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As an adolescent, you were likely advised to have regular dental check-ups every six months to help prevent cavities on your newly grown permanent teeth. However, as an adult, cavities may be the least of your dental concerns. Disease, injury, lack of care, or general wear and tear can have serious effects on your teeth and gums over the years—leading you to wonder, “How frequently should I visit my dentist near me?”

Regular Dental Visits for Adults

Just as with annual physical exams, routine dental exams allow you and your doctor to maintain your oral health and stay ahead of any changes happening inside your mouth that could lead to disease or discomfort. A comprehensive oral exam should include:

  • Dental examination of your teeth
  • Esthetic examination of the appearance of your teeth and gums related to your face
  • Head and neck examination of the soft tissues of your mouth, throat, and surrounding areas
  • Occlusal examination that analyzes your bite
  • Periodontal examination of the gums and bones supporting your teeth
  • Salivary function examination of the quality and quantity of your saliva
  • TMJ examination of your jaw joints
  • Various radiographic (X-ray) scans of your teeth, jaw, and bite

Your dentist can also provide you with an oral cancer screening or other preventative measures to detect health concerns such as diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome.

When to Schedule Your Appointment

While it is still recommended that adults schedule dental appointments every six months to a year, your appointment dates will largely depend on your level of personal oral hygiene. If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or are experiencing pain, then Dr. Orobitg may advise you to visit every month or quarter until your issue is remedied. However, if you floss regularly and have generally healthy teeth, then you may only need to see your dentist once a year.

If while reading this you realize it’s been a while since your last dental visit, you’re likely overdue. After all, catching a dental problem early will not only save you a lot of pain and discomfort, but it will also save you money.

Be Proactive About Your Oral Health

Don’t wait until tooth pain appears to schedule your comprehensive oral exam. Contact Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. today for all your dental care needs. Treating the Leesburg community for over 20 years, Dr. Orobitg provides quality dental checkups and procedures. To schedule your appointment, call (352) 787-5919.

Not Your Grandpa’s Root Canal

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Root canals have long had a bad reputation, however, advancements in the field of endodontics and anesthetics have streamlined the procedure to be more efficient, painless, and cost effective. In fact, root canal recovery often produces little if any discomfort or significant maintenance.

What Is a Root Canal?

Beneath a layer of enamel and dentin, human teeth house a network of living tissue known as pulp. Pulp is soft tissue that contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue of the tooth. When a tooth’s pulp becomes damaged, infected, or decayed, it must be removed in order to preserve the tooth. The removal process of dead or rotted oral pulp is known as a root canal.

Reasons for a Root Canal

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then a root canal procedure may be necessary to save your natural tooth.

  • Inflammation – Teeth that ache when chewing and excessively swollen gums are signs of infected and inflamed pulp, which often require a root canal to correct. If left untreated, pulp damage can lead to a painful abscess, disease, and decay in the tooth.
  • Tooth Sensitivity – Is ice cold water or hot coffee causing you severe tooth pain? Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids can signify the need for a root canal.
  • Tooth Damage – Oral trauma from an accident or from biting down on a hard substance can leave nerves exposed and lead to infection. If you’ve broken a tooth, an emergency root canal may be recommended to relieve pain, salvage your tooth from extraction, and prevent the spread of infection to your blood stream.

Experienced Endodontic Care

If you are suffering from tooth pain, contact your local Leesburg dentist, Dr. Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Orobitg is not only a general dentist, but also highly skilled in endodontic procedures like root canals. Whether you need a root canal or a routine dental exam, Dr. Orobitg can diagnose any discomfort and determine the right course of action to quickly resolve your tooth pain. To get information about root canals or schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Eddie Orobitg by calling 352-787-5919.

What Causes Bad Breath?

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Nobody likes bad breath. You might be aware that you often have bad breath and be self-conscious about it, or perhaps you don’t realize it at all. This is one of the worst aspects of having bad breath — that you often can’t tell when you have it because you can’t easily smell your own breath. The medical name for bad breath is halitosis, and some people can even have it chronically. Here are some underlying causes of bad breath to help you identify what could be the problem.

  • Smoking. A guaranteed way to have bad breath is to regularly smoke, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Not only does the tobacco itself smell bad, it can cause conditions like gum disease which introduces even more foul odors.
  • Eating pungent food. This one is fairly easy to realize, since it is obvious that strong-smelling food will transfer its odor to your mouth when you eat it. But, other milder foods as well can cause bad breath, since the breakdown of any food particles increases the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Neglecting dental care. Do you brush your teeth after meals? Floss regularly? How about visit the dentist every six months? If you neglect basic dental care, you should expect to have bad breath. By not brushing daily, you won’t clean up bad-smelling food particles or scrub off bacteria from your teeth and gums — all of which causes bad breath.
  • Taking certain medications. A side effect of many medications and supplements is bad breath. They can either cause your mouth to get dry or cause your body to have certain reactions and release foul-smelling chemicals.
  • Having a dry mouth. Your mouth naturally cleans itself and dislodges food particles using saliva. So, having a dry mouth already puts you at a disadvantage. A dry mouth is also the culprit of bad breath in the morning when you wake up. Some people can get a chronic dry mouth from diseases or saliva gland malfunction.
  • Infections. If you’ve recently had a procedure done in your mouth such as wisdom teeth removal, the wound could become infected and give off foul smells. Also, smaller infections like mouth sores can be responsible for causing bad breath.
  • Diseases. Upper respiratory sicknesses can cause your breath to smell bad, as well as metabolic disorders like acid reflux or heartburn.

How can you make sure that you don’t have chronic halitosis? The key lies with building up good oral care habits. Once you’ve regularly practiced brushing your teeth, flossing, drinking lots of water, and regularly visiting your dentist, your chronic bad breath should go away. If your halitosis persists, there is likely another underlying problem, such as an infection, disease, or side effect of certain medication. In this case, you will want to speak with your doctor and dentist to identify the issue.

Do you need to find a good dentist? Look no further than Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. to take care of your dental needs. For over 20 years he has treated the Leesburg community with quality dental care and procedures. Schedule your appointment today by calling 352-787-5919.

Do Some General Dentists Perform Endodontic Procedures?

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Some general dentists, like Dr. Orobitg, are also highly skilled in endodontics (from the Greek roots endo- "inside" and odont- "tooth") which is the study and treatment of the dental pulp inside your teeth beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin. He is trained in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatments.

While many general dentists handle the necessary work following a root canal such as fit dental crowns and bridges and assess teeth and gums to determine if a patient needs to see a specialist, Dr. Orobitg is also trained to perform:

  • Root canal procedures
  • Re-treatment of existing root canals when necessary
  • Endodontic surgery, or Apicoectomy

In addition, he can treat many traumatic dental injuries and cracked or broken teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

If you need a root canal, don’t be afraid. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year in order to relieve pain and make teeth healthy again.

Pulp tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting, and chewing with ease in no time.

Advantages of Having a Root Canal Include:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  •  Protection of other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Let Us Help

A healthy smile can do wonders for your day-to day life and overall health. Whether you require general dentistry or endodontics, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD brings over 20 years of experience to Leesburg residents. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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