When it comes to maintaining your oral health and smile’s appearance, brushing and flossing are only the beginning! Regular checkups and cleanings at Tarpon Shores Dental are also essential to keeping your smile strong and healthy well into your golden years. We recommend that every patient come to see us at least twice a year for a preventive appointment so we can catch dental issues early and help them avoid some in the first place! Has it been more than six months since you’ve been to the dentist? If so, contact us today!
During a checkup and cleaning, Dr. Thompson will examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and any existing dental work to make sure everything is in good shape. If he spots a problem, he’ll recommend a variety of treatments that can quickly take care of it. Then, one of our hygienists will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar build up from your teeth and give them a nice shine! To learn a little bit more about what you’ll experience during your regular appointments, click on the link below.
Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods, toothpaste, and tap water because it has been shown to help protect the teeth from tooth decay and cavities. However, due to the growth in popularity of non-fluoridated bottled water, more people than ever aren’t getting enough fluoride every day to keep their teeth safe. That is why we’re happy to provide a topical fluoride treatment as part of your regular checkups. It only takes a few minutes, is completely painless, and it will help keep you cavity-free year after year.
Bruxism is a very common condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. Left untreated, this can wear down the teeth so much that they eventually crack and fall out! If this is an issue for you, we can keep your teeth protected by having you wear a night guard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece will place a firm but comfortable barrier between your teeth to prevent them from grinding together.
This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and sadly, many of them will not survive the next five years simply because the disease was caught too late. Oral cancer is very treatable when detected early, which is why Dr. Thompson recommends that every adult should have at least one oral cancer screening per year. To make things nice and easy, he will perform one as part of your regular checkups to help keep you safe. It only takes a few minutes, but it could literally be the few minutes that saves your life.
Most of your dental care actually occurs at home with daily brushing and flossing, so of course, the products you use are extremely important to your oral health. Our team is happy to make recommendations so you can get the most out of your home routine, plus we can even provide many products such as prescription strength toothpastes and mouthwashes that you simply won’t find on store shelves. Be sure to talk to your hygienist at your next appointment!