Preventative Dentistry in Winter Springs, FL

If you’re like most patients at Advanced Dental Care, you probably know that the key to keeping your smile looking healthy and beautiful is brushing and flossing every day.

By caring for your teeth properly at home, you decrease the number of bacteria in your mouth that lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. And, when you combine this excellent at-home oral hygiene with regular visits to your Winter Springs dentist, you have the best recipe for a healthy smile. 

Frequent teeth cleanings and exams are the cornerstones of preventative dentistry, so if it’s been longer than six months since your last visit to the dentist, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with us as soon as you’re able! 

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Keeping your mouth healthy and free of harmful bacteria should be just one part of an overall preventative dental 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 oral health prevention. Taking care of your smile helps you:

  • Keep your natural teeth for longer
  • Reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease
  • Enjoy a fresh, clean, and more attractive smile, which in turn helps boost your confidence

A hidden benefit of good preventative oral care is that it is much less expensive to maintain a healthy smile than to address problems after they develop! By keeping up with your dental hygiene at home and visiting your Winter Park dentist’s office on a regular basis, you give yourself the best chance at maintaining a problem-free smile for life.  

Your Routine Winter Park Dental Appointments Help Prevent Disease

The American Dental Association recommends multiple visits to your dentist each year so that it’s easy to keep an eye on your dental health and spot problems early on before they progress and damage your oral health. 

When you see your dentist every six months, it’s unlikely that they won’t spot any cavities, infections, or diseases right away because they consistently monitor your health. When you skip visits or go several years between trips to the dentist, however, you’re much more likely to experience painful, serious, and expensive dental problems because the conditions will be allowed to fester and progress. 

man getting a dental examDuring your semi-annual dental appointments, Oviedo dentist Dr. Christopher Young carefully checks your mouth for signs of periodontal disease such as gingivitis. A bacterial infection triggers this early form of gum disease that causes the gums to become irritated, inflamed, and to 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 the deterioration of the bone and tissues that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, teeth become loose and can even fall out. 

The best two ways to protect yourself against needing gum disease treatment in Winter Springs are to floss your teeth at least once every 24 hours and to visit your dentist at least every six months for your dental check-ups. 

How We Treat Gum Disease

If you do, in fact, develop gum disease, there are two types of cleaning available. 

We can usually treat gingivitis easily with a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene. 

Periodontitis, on the other hand, requires a deeper cleaning procedure. This is a non-surgical treatment known as scaling and root planing. 

During scaling, your hygienist gets rid of any tartar that lingers on your teeth and below your gum line. The second part of the procedure, root planing, smooths out rough spots on your tooth roots. 

After treatment, we will have you return to our Tuscawilla dental office at more frequent intervals to ensure that there are no signs of returning gum disease. 

Treating gum disease is vital if you want to enjoy a healthy smile. When the condition progresses to periodontitis, bone loss is possible, and even though we can treat the disease and control symptoms, bone loss is irreversible once it happens.

Casselberry 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 initially 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 an oral cancer screening. Nearly 25 percent of oral cancers diagnosed occur in people who had few or no risk factors.woman sitting in dental chair

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 we can't see 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. 

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Near 32708

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 give our dentists a call at (407) 696-6700 to arrange a convenient dental appointment. 

We accept new patients from Winter Springs, Winter Park, Oviedo, Tuscawilla, Casselberry, and the surrounding areas.