Preventative Dental Services Tampa, FL

Preventative dentistry keeps your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues healthy. Preventative dental services aim to prevent dental diseases like dental decay and periodontal disease. These procedures can also help your Tampa dentist catch issues early and prevent them from becoming problems that cause pain, frustration, and high financial costs. And finally, one of our favorite features of preventative dental services in Tampa is that they can help you maintain your gorgeous smile!

Request An appointment

The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dental services in Tampa can help prevent:

  • Gum disease
  • Dental decay
  • Enamel wear
  • TMJ disorder
  • Tooth loss
  • Some dental emergencies

Of course, daily brushing and flossing are a vital part of the equation, too. When you remove plaque every day, you reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease.

However, most people can’t clean their teeth perfectly, often due to dexterity issues. Sometimes, people just run out of time and occasionally forget to brush or floss. Because of this, some plaque can start to build up, eventually calcifying and turning into tartar, a substance that’s impossible to remove without professional help.

Thankfully, when you visit your Tampa dentist twice a year, our dental team can thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar build-up with their specialized tools. For most people, two visits a year is sufficient to maintain good oral health and reduce the risk of dental diseases.

What About Diagnostic Services?

Diagnostic and preventative dentistry go hand-in-hand. Diagnostic services like digital x-rays and regular examinations help your dentist monitor your oral health. They can closely monitor certain anomalies to make sure they don’t progress.

Additionally, if they do find an issue, it’s often found in the early stages because you see our dentist regularly. When problems are caught early on, the treatment required is typically minimal. For instance, your Tampa dentist can catch a cavity just starting and repair the tooth – sometimes without even needing anesthesia. As you can imagine, a minor filling is less expensive, time-consuming, and uncomfortable than the treatment you’d need once you have advanced decay and a toothache.

Often, you will receive diagnostic services at your preventative dental visits. How often you need an exam and x-rays depends on your dental needs.

Preventative Services from Your Tampa Dentist

Our team provides the following preventative dental services in Tampa to serve your dental needs.

Preventative Cleanings

Dental cleanings play a vital role in preventative dentistry. Your Tampa dentist will likely recommend getting your teeth cleaned twice a year to maintain good oral health.

Patients with a history of gum disease and deep dental cleanings also need regular cleanings. However, they require special maintenance cleanings to maintain good gum health post-gum disease treatment. The goal of these cleanings is also to prevent disease progression. Dentists often recommend getting these cleanings every three to four months.

During your preventative cleaning appointment, your dental hygienist will:

  • Thoroughly clean your teeth
  • Make sure your gum pockets are free of plaque and tartar
  • Evaluate your gum health, checking for signs of gingivitis

Protective Sealants

The biting surfaces of the back teeth are notoriously difficult to keep clean – especially for kids. The deep grooves of the teeth can trap plaque, bacteria, and food particles, all of which can cause dental decay.

Dental sealants are made of a plastic material placed in the deep grooves and crevices of the back teeth, creating a protective layer.

Sealants lower your risk of dental decay and make it easier to clean your teeth when you brush daily. This is particularly helpful for kids who are still learning how to brush.

Night Guard Therapy

A night guard protects a patient’s teeth and jaw joint from bruxism while they sleep. Bruxism is the act of clenching and grinding your teeth. Chronic bruxism will eventually contribute to:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Tooth fracture
  • TMJ disorder
  • Migraines/chronic headaches
  • Difficulty chewing

Night guards are dental appliances made of sturdy plastic that fit comfortably over the teeth in the upper or lower arch. The night guard acts as a barrier, protecting your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding. It can also help reduce muscle tension and reduce pain from TMJ disorder.

Invest in Your Health with Preventative Dental Services in Tampa

Your dental health has a direct impact on your general health. When you invest in regular preventative dental services, you take a giant step toward better overall health, even reducing your risk of severe conditions like heart disease and stroke. All it takes is a couple of hours with your Tampa dentist and their team each year, and you’ll be on the road to better health.

Has it been a while since your last dental visit? Contact us to schedule a cleaning and examination with your Tampa dentist.

Request An appointment