Most of the time when you visit the dentist in Daytona Beach, you just need basic general or preventive care. These are the services that keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime to come. With regular attention, we can also catch problems earlier to provide more conservative treatment.
We recommend patients of all ages undergo a checkup and cleaning every six months.
During this visit, a dental hygienist will clean plaque and tartar from above and around the gum line. Patient education is important, too. Your hygienist will provide advice on how you can perform better dental hygiene at home.
After your cleaning is complete, your dentist examines your teeth and gums (as well as any x-rays we have taken) for evidence of decay, infection, worn dental work, or signs of bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) and other conditions. If a problem is detected, we will thoroughly discuss the issue, answer any questions you have, and put a treatment plan in place.
Cavity Prevention and Treatment
The easiest way to prevent cavities and infection is by maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home, and visiting the dentist regularly. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, floss daily, and schedule an appointment at Indigo Dental every six months.
Children are most vulnerable to cavities between the ages of 6 and 15 or so. During this time, little teeth benefit from dental sealants and fluoride treatments for cavity prevention. Dental sealants are translucent coverings that are painted directly onto the chewing surface of the molars. Here, they protect the enamel from the acids and bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride treatments remineralize tooth enamel for added protection against decay.
When cavities do occur, they are quickly repaired with tooth-colored fillings, which are made out of white composite resin. Biocompatible and natural-looking, this option restores teeth better than traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can also make repairs to minor flaws in the front teeth, fixing chips, cracks, discoloration, and other imperfections.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy and Infection-Free
Your dental hygienist or dentist will check the space between your teeth and gums to look for evidence of periodontal disease. Healthy teeth fit securely in the gum tissue — but bacteria dig deep pockets between the teeth and gums. If you have pockets deeper than 5 millimeters, you need periodontal therapy.
Gum disease treatment is crucial for continued oral and overall health. Left untreated, the condition has been linked to heart trouble, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
In its beginning stages, infection in the gums can be reversed with improved care at home. Non-surgical treatment may be recommended after the condition reaches moderate levels. And after gum disease progresses to an advanced stage, your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist for surgical treatment.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
When was your last visit to the general dentist in Daytona Beach? If it has been more than six months, don’t put off your regular preventive care any longer. Request an appointment at Indigo Dental today!