When it comes to caring for your teeth, there is nothing more important than preventive care. Simple, affordable treatments like oral exams, teeth cleanings, and periodontal care can prevent a number of common oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. At Altamar Dental Studio, Dr. Marquez provides informative, comprehensive preventive care to help you maintain optimal oral health.
Preventive dentistry is the most important part of safeguarding your oral health. For the best possible results, you see Dr. Marquez and the team at Altamar Dental Studio every six months. Regular preventive appointments, cleanings, and oral exams are at the heart of optimal dental health. If you want to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, make sure you visit our Naples office twice a year!
There are a few reasons why seeing the dentist every six months for cleanings and dental x-rays are so important:
First, routine checkups help us keep track of your overall oral health, and gives us a chance to make suggestions that may help you maintain a healthier mouth. For example, if Dr. Marquez consistently notices that you have tartar and plaque buildup in a particular area of your mouth, she may suggest that you pay more attention when brushing that area.
Also, regular visits to the dentist help us catch things like cavities and gum disease (gingivitis) before they become severe. For example, treating a minor filling with a cavity is very inexpensive, but if your condition gets worse, you may need a more costly dental crown.
Another benefit of routine cleaning is that your teeth will look bright and beautiful. We use special scalers and high-powered toothbrushes that can remove even the toughest plaque and tartar, and remove surface stains from your teeth. This leaves you with a shiny, bright and healthy smile. Yearly x-rays during routine visits are important because they help us detect oral health issues that may be hidden, and find cavities that may not be obvious to the naked eye. Contact us to schedule an appointment in our Naples office today.
Wondering what problems are commonly prevented with routine checkups and cleanings?
Cavities are a big one. Regular teeth cleanings ensure that plaque and tartar are removed, which can contribute to cavity formation. In addition, fluoride treatments can be used to reverse minor cases of tooth decay and strengthen your teeth. Dental sealants, which consist of a special type of resin that is applied to your rear teeth, can prevent cavities for up to 10 years or longer, making them a great option if you are cavity-prone.
Gum disease can also be treated by regular preventive visits. Periodontal care, like a deep cleaning (scaling & root planing), can reverse minor cases of gum disease (gingivitis) and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums in more serious cases of gum disease.
Oral exams and x-rays help ensure optimal health, and allow us to check for issues like signs of oral cancer or other health problems. This is very important, as oral cancer is often very hard to detect until it spreads throughout the body. Preventive dentistry is, by far, the best way to address and prevent all of these issues.
Fluoride is one of the most helpful substances used in modern dentistry. This naturally occurring mineral has the unique ability to promote “remineralization” after enamel has been weakened or damaged. Fluoride strengthens teeth that have been affected by minor cases of tooth decay.
Topical fluoride treatments are completely non-invasive and pain-free. This treatment typically takes about 5 minutes and is a convenient, affordable way to protect your teeth.
Dental sealants are typically recommended for children and teens, but may be applied to patients of any age to help prevent the formation of cavities. A dental sealant consists of a special type of plastic dental resin that is applied to rear molars to shield your teeth from harmful bacteria. Sealants can last up to 10 years, making them a very cost-effective way to fight back against tooth decay and protect your smile.
Periodontal care refers to any procedure intended to treat minor to moderate cases of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease occurs due to improper oral hygiene, though some patients are more prone to the issue than others. When bacteria builds up on the teeth and gums, and begins to penetrate below the gum line, making it impossible to clean just by brushing and flossing alone. This trapped bacteria causes infection, inflammation, and swelling of the gums. In more serious cases of gum disease, you may experience symptoms like bad breath and loose teeth. Once gum disease progresses past the first stage, known as gingivitis, it is often irreversible.
Altamar Dental Studio in Naples offers treatments that can reverse minor cases of gum disease and help remove oral bacteria to preserve the teeth in more serious cases. Dr. Marquez may recommend oral antibacterial rinses and a deep cleaning (also called “scaling and root planing”). This treatment is used to remove bacteria from underneath the gum line.