Most patients at Advanced Dental Care know that the key to keeping their smiles looking healthy and beautiful is brushing and flossing every day.
By caring for your teeth properly at home, you decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth that lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Prevention Keeps Your Smile Healthy
But keeping your mouth healthy and free of harmful bacteria should be just one part of an overall preventive plan.
You can avoid many dental problems by brushing and flossing after every meal, visiting the dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings, and eating a healthy diet.
There are many advantages to practicing proper prevention. Taking care of your smile helps you:
- Keep your natural teeth longer
- Reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease
- Enjoy a fresh, clean, more attractive smile
A hidden benefit of good preventive oral care is that it is much less expensive to maintain a healthy smile than it is to address problems after they develop!
Your Routine Dental Appointments
During your semi-annual appointments, Winter Springs dentist Dr. Christopher Young carefully checks your mouth for signs of periodontal disease such as gingivitis. This early form of gum disease is triggered by a bacterial infection, and it causes the gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily during brushing.
Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis.
Periodontitis causes your gums to separate from your teeth and leave pockets where food particles and bacteria collect. These pockets can become infected and lead to deterioration of the bone and tissues that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, teeth become loose and can fall out.
How We Treat Gum Disease
Gingivitis is usually easily treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene.
Periodontitis, on the other hand, requires a deep cleaning procedure. This non-surgical treatment, known as scaling and root planing.
During scaling, your hygienist gets rid of any plaque and tartar that linger on your teeth and below the gum line. The second part of the procedure, root planing, smooths the rough spots on the root. This process removes bacteria and makes it easier for the tissue to reattach to the tooth. After treatment, we will have you return to our office at more frequent intervals so we can ensure that there are no signs of returning gum disease.
Treating gum disease is vital if you want to enjoy a healthy smile. When it progresses to periodontitis, bone loss is possible, and even though we can treat the disease and control symptoms, bone loss is irreversible.
Oral Cancer Screenings
According to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer kills one American every hour of every day, and only 50 percent of those diagnosed will survive more than five years. It is more prevalent among men, those with a history of heavy alcohol or tobacco use, and people infected with human papillomavirus (HPV).
At Advanced Dental Care, your overall well-being and safety are primary concerns. For this reason, every routine exam we perform includes a visual oral cancer screening. Nearly 25 percent of oral cancers diagnosed occur in people who had few or no risk factors.
We also offer the benefits of screening with our Trimira Indentafi 3000 technology for a low additional charge. This technology allows us to perform an in-depth examination to catch potential problems that might not be seen during a visual exam.
The screening is quick, painless, and takes just a few minutes. Oral cancer is extremely aggressive and can develop without you being aware it exists, so these screenings are vital to your overall health as well.
Please Call to Arrange Your Appointment
Our goal is to help you enjoy the healthiest smile possible. Whether you haven't visited the dentist in a while and have multiple problems or you just want to maintain your oral health, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment.