Preventive Dental Care in Tampa, FL
Preventive Dental Care
Preventive dental care is an important sector within dentistry, as it helps prevent advanced restorative procedures from becoming necessary in the future. Gentle Dentistry is more than happy to help patients protect their teeth and gums using our gentle preventive dental treatments. If you would like to learn more about oral hygiene or schedule your next visit with us, please feel free to contact our front office.
Routine Cleanings & Exams
Even if your teeth and gums have always been in good shape, it’s important to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings to ensure that they stay that way. Professional dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar that has built up over time, while exams allow our team to diagnose and treat any issues as they come up.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer has a few common symptoms like a consistent sore throat and difficulty swallowing, but it can also go unnoticed by many patients. Regular dental exams and oral cancer screenings increase the likelihood that oral cancer will be caught in its early stages when it’s highly curable and easier to treat.
Fluoride treatments are quick preventive services that involve applying a fluoride gel or varnish to the teeth. Then, the teeth must be able to absorb the fluoride for at least thirty minutes (no eating, drinking, or brushing), after which the enamel of each tooth will be stronger and less likely to develop tooth decay.
Dental sealants are clear coatings that are applied over the top of each molar. Once the sealant sets, it helps prevent bacteria from building up in the crevices of each tooth, which decreases the patient’s risk of developing cavities. Sealants are efficient, inexpensive, painless, and virtually invisible to the untrained eye.
Teeth clenching and grinding are fairly common, especially during times of heightened stress or anxiety. Custom nightguards protect the teeth from damaging each other during the night and help reduce the soreness that patients may feel in their teeth or jaw when they wake up in the morning.