Regular Dental Visits Keep Teeth & Gums Healthy

It’s important to visit your dentist on a regular basis. We recommend you visit us every 6 months for routine cleanings and checkups. Take care of your teeth!

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

Get An Oral Cancer Screening With Your Dental Exam

The best way to stay protected from oral cancer is to get annual oral cancer screenings. With over 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year, oral cancer has become the sixth deadliest cancer in the world. Screening for oral cancer is quick and easy, with no pain or discomfort involved.

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The rate of oral cancer is rapidly rising among young people, women and non-smokers. Early detection of oral cancer is vital. There are many different places in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region in which oral cancers commonly occur, including:

  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Salivary Glands
  • Oropharyngeal Region (throat)
  • Gums
  • Face

It’s recommended to have an oral cancer screening with every 6 month checkup. Most dentists perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. Give our office a call to schedule your next checkup and screening for oral cancer.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Have You Seen A Dentist Lately?

It’s recommended that you see your dentist twice a year. Dental checkups are important because they can help spot oral health problems. Your teeth are an important part of your body and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy.

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Everyone, at some point in their lives, will have a problem in their mouth. Some telltale signs that you need to have a check up can range from consistent bad breath to aches in your gums. Here are 6 signs you need to see your dentist. 

  1. Tooth Pain
  2. Bad Breath
  3. Swollen Gums
  4. Dry Mouth
  5. Headaches
  6. Tooth Sensitivity

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s time to make an appointment. Don’t put off your visit to the dentist, it will only make things worse. Our office facilitates communications and emergency calls and appointments are available and welcome, especially for new patients seeking help. There’s no need to be embarrassed if it has been awhile since seeing a dentist. The important thing is you have made the decision to better your oral health and give us a call. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

Dental Phobia Keeping You From Dental Health?

blog-dental-fear21Are you afraid to see the dentist? Many people are afraid of the unknown. Dental phobia can be one of those unknowns and is incredibly common with estimates that it affects between 13% to 24% of people around the world. Fear of visiting the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that the treatment will be painful. It might be simply that you haven’t seen a dentist in years and are embarrassed by your teeth. Whatever the reason, dental health is crucial to your overall health. Many Americans are at risk of gum disease and early tooth loss – conditions that can affect your physical, social, and mental health.

If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, make it a point to schedule an appointment soon. Dr. Kelley understands your fears. On your first visit, the goal is to calm your fears, perform an exam, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. We will then discuss with you the results of the exam and the recommended dental services. When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options.

Our staff at Dennis E. Kelley, DDS is happy to offer dental services to you and your entire family. Only necessary procedures are recommended. In other words, no one is pressured with “up selling” like many chain dental practices.

When our patients require dental care, we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of every member of the family. We are always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the services we provide for your treatment.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.

About Dennis E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for nearly 30 years on the East Side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.

Do I Really Need Routine Dental Checkups?

Dental examsdental-exam-cleaning1 are normally on the bottom of our to-do list unless we have a tooth causing pain. However, if you are doing so then not only are you missing the opportunity to keep your teeth longer, you are also missing out on learning about other medical issues you haven’t considered.

Here are some other conditions we can alert you to when you have a dental exam.

Anemia – Gums that appear light pink or almost white can indicate a very low iron level, which is an indicator of anemia.

Antidepressant Use – The dry mouth that comes from taking antidepressants can create a problem with increased cavities in your teeth.

Stress – When you are stressed, your body creates more cortisol, which is the main cause of inflammation. During stressful times, gum and tooth problems are likely to worsen. Not only is the risk of inflammation greater, but we also tend to neglect things like our teeth when stressed.

Diabetes – One of the many side-effects of this disease is the repeated creation of abscesses on the teeth roots and sometimes between teeth. This is often one of the earliest signs of diabetes.

Autoimmune disorders – Many times these disorders can cause either red or white spots in the mouth. While the spots themselves are easy to treat, if left untreated, they can turn into ulcers. These ulcers are extremely painful and difficult to treat.

Heart disease – This is the big one. The same bacteria that cause gum disease also causes heart problems by clogging the major arteries feeding the heart. It is very likely that a person with long-term gum disease may also have heart trouble.

We are accepting New Patients! Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.