Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236

Family Dental Quick Exam Guide

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In addition to good home care and professional cleaning, part of every good dental care routine is scheduling regular appointments with a general dentistry professional for complete dental exams. Depending on your oral health, your dentist may want to see you once every year or more often. At every visit, your dental technician and dentist will update your medical history, discuss any new symptoms or problems concerning your teeth and gums, and perform a comprehensive dental exam and oral cancer screening.

The Visual and Manual Tooth and Gum Exam

One of the most basic procedures in general dentistry is the visual exam. Your dentist will start by looking closely at all of your teeth and the tissues surrounding them. He or she will also check each tooth with a dental instrument called an explorer; this will help uncover any decay, stains, or signs of gum recession. In some cases, your dentist will also order dental X-rays to help diagnose any hidden conditions that need attention.

Oral Cancer Screening

During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will examine the soft tissues inside your mouth for lesions, lumps, discoloration, or other abnormalities. If a suspicious spot is found, you will need further testing to determine if cancer is present. You may be referred to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. The risk of oral cancer rises if you use tobacco products, drink alcohol excessively, or have a previous history of oral cancer. If you are concerned about your cancer risk, ask your dentist to refer you for specialized oral cancer screenings.

Find Dentists to Meet Your Needs

When it’s time to schedule your visit, contact your family dental clinic. Keep in mind that some dental insurance companies will only cover basic exams, so it’s best to determine exactly what services are covered before your appointment date arrives. If you don’t already have a trusted family dental professional in mind, browse listings under general dentistry or family dentistry in your phone directory to find dentists who can treat both you and other family members.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates at Beltway today at (410) 775-5536 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Beltway, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Beltway.

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Patient Reviews
Dr. Patel is very informative and attentive during my visits. I also liked my hygienist during my visit on Monday. Devin is ALWAYS very friendly and knowledgeable.
Danielle B.
Ms. Shannon, Ms. Denise and Dr. Patel were all very nice and informative.
Ann C.
The people are really nice and they all do great work.
Michael B.
Just had scaling done by Hygienist Marie- she was awesome!
Deborah H.
Great service.
Curtis H.
We’ve been going there for over 15 years and the front desk knows us and who we are, Dr. Patel is great and the hygienists are too.
Lisa F.
The care of that my mother was provided was very good. Both the doctor and the staff we’re very gracious and dealing with an 80 year old woman who has Alzheimer’s.
Madeline M.
The professionalism of the employees, convenience of office hours and location in relation to where I live. Dr. Patel and assistants were great to work with.
Greg S.
We’ve been going to Dental One for years and everyone is great and friendly and they strive to meet our needs.
Lisa F.
Friendly and helpful. I was in pain, and the office was able to help me with insurance issues and to get me into the office the same day.
Janet P.
I love when I come here. And Ms Denise cleaned my teeth she did a great job, gave additional advice. Very nice and sensitive to the fact my jaw was recently broken!!
Tynisha S.
The staff is very nice and always make you feel comfortable. Dr. Patel is great! Couldn’t ask for a better dentist!
Tammy B.
I called and was able to get an appointment within 3 hours. Everyone was fantastic and I was called back before my actual appointment time!!
Kristy G.
Always a consistent, professional and friendly experience.
Patrick B.
Denise was excellent, the ladies at the front desk are very polite and professional
Chandra W.
Was able to extract problem tooth with a 200% effort
Charles K.
I have been coming to this office for two years and find the staff professional and polite. The quality of the dental work is excellent.
Kathleen G.
Marie the hygienist is amazing. She is the most thorough, friendly person I’ve ever been seen by. I was also examined by DR. Patel afterwards. He is so nice. Even the staff is friendly. I was […]
Christa M.
Great staff. Courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. They all make the visit a pleasant one.
Kathleen G.
I am always satisfied with the services provided by Dental One Associates
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (410) 775-5536
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