The goal of preventive dentistry is to help you avoid cavities and gum disease that can damage your oral health.
At Causeway Dentistry, we follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association that recommend exams and teeth cleanings every six months.
Dental Exams to Keep Your Family's Smiles Healthy
If your goal is to spend as little time as possible in the dental chair, professional dental exams every six months are essential. Every routine dental exam with our Clearwater dentist includes the following:
- Check the condition of each tooth
- Look for signs of gum disease
- Note any changes in your oral health
- Check existing dental work
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Record digital intraoral images
- Take digital x-rays as needed
If Dr. Santos finds a cavity, gum disease, or broken or worn teeth, he'll use our intraoral camera to show you what he sees. We believe in honesty and transparency, and this technology lets you see the problem yourself and understand why we recommend treatment.
Each of our patients is unique, and we create treatment plans that cater to their individual needs. Dr. Santos considers your budget, timeline, and lifestyle needs to ensure that your treatment fits comfortably into your life.
Teeth Cleanings with a Hygienist
Advanced gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the US. Fortunately, seeing a dental hygienist for teeth cleaning every six months is easy and helps protect you against advanced gum disease called periodontitis.
During your cleaning appointments, our hygienist will look for signs of gum disease like bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums. They measure the space between your teeth and gums, called periodontal pockets, to look for signs of infection.
If they find that you have gum disease, they will individualize a treatment plan to restore your gum health.
Fluoride Application Strengthen Teeth
Fluoride applications are commonly recommended for children, but they can also benefit adults in some instances. We might recommend supplemental fluoride if you have dry mouth that makes you more prone to cavities, gum disease that exposes tooth roots, or a history of frequent cavities.
Dental Sealants Help Prevent Cavities
We use dental sealants to protect teeth like molars with deep grooves that attract bacteria and lead to cavities. However, you're never too old to get a cavity, and sealants can also benefit adults in some cases. After reviewing your oral health needs, Dr. Santos will let you know if he thinks your smile could benefit from sealants.
Custom Mouthguards Protect Your Smile
If you or your child play sports, it's wise to consider getting a custom sports mouthguard. Generic mouthguards are widely available, but one made using impressions of your teeth will be more comfortable and provide better protection.
Due for Your Six-Month Exam and Teeth Cleaning?
If you've fallen behind with your dental visits, don't worry; we will never lecture or judge you for past habits. Our goal is to start where you are and work together to restore your oral health and your beautiful smile.
Please call our Clearwater, FL dental office to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.