One of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy is to make sure it doesn’t develop problems in the first place. That’s why Cindy Brayer, DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, at Creating Smiles Dental offer several preventive dentistry services at their offices in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida. Schedule your visit today by phone or online to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Preventive dentistry is an approach to dental care that strives to prevent oral health concerns from developing. Instead of treating problems as they arise, preventive dentistry aims to keep your mouth in a constant state of good health. This is beneficial for your smile, since preventing problems or treating them at their earliest stages makes you less likely to need invasive, complex, or costly procedures.
For example, oral cancer, dental decay, and periodontal disease are all oral conditions that the team at Creating Smiles Dental can help you prevent.
The team at Creating Smiles Dental provides several preventive dentistry services, such as:
Dental cleanings and exams are the cornerstones of preventive dentistry. When you get regular cleanings at Creating Smiles Dental, your hygienist diligently removes all of the plaque and tartar you might be missing when you brush and floss at home. And routine dental exams enable your dentist to catch any oral health conditions at their earliest stages when they’re easiest to treat.
The team offers a suite of products to aid in everyday brushing and flossing, including prescription-strength Clinpro fluoride toothpaste that helps prevent cavities, strengthen enamel, and reverse white spot lesions.
They also carry the Vanish™ 5% Sodium Fluoride White Varnish with TCP, which delivers a sustained fluoride and calcium release.
Patients can also take advantage of Evora Probiotic, a dissolvable tablet that naturally whitens teeth while supporting gum and tooth health.
Routine X-rays can help your provider at Creating Smiles Dental keep track of your mouth's health as you age. X-rays show the health of your jaw bone and its ability to support any implants you might need and can reveal any signs of gum disease or decay.
Creating Smiles Dental also offers oral cancer screenings, cavity risk assessments, nightguards, mouthguards, sealants, and fluoride treatments.
Your smile is ultimately in your hands, which means that you need to practice good preventive care at home to keep it healthy. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush twice a day using an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Make sure to floss once a day as well, and consider using mouthwash.
You can also talk to the team about the PerioSciences Antioxidant complete oral care system, which helps fight daily oral care concerns using specific formulas tailored to your needs. Though they don’t carry xylitol products at this time, Creating Smiles Dental can provide further information on the benefits of xylitol in your personal oral care.
Your diet also plays a role in preventive oral health care. Keep hydrated, eat plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables, and avoid eating foods that are sugary or acidic.
To learn more about the benefits preventive dentistry can have on your smile, schedule an appointment with Creating Smiles Dental today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.