You’re never too old to take care of your teeth and gums. Many oral health problems arise simply because patients do not seek out routine preventive and general dentistry checkups. Fortunately for patients in the St. Armands area, Tarpon Shores Dental can be of assistance. Dr. Shanaka has experience in paying attention to the overall oral system as he examines patients during regular hygiene and checkup appointments. Call us today to begin improving your smile.
In accordance with the recommendations of the American Dental Association, Tarpon Shores Dental prefers to see healthy patients for checkups and cleanings at least every six months. This helps us better maintain a watchful eye on your overall oral health.
During each checkup and cleaning at Tarpon Shores Dental, our team will check your teeth for any signs of decay. Our technology will help us spot problems that could be developing beneath your gum line, and cavity-detecting, low-dose digital X-rays can even identify deterioration in areas which may not yet be visible.
After Dr. Shanaka examines you, he will discuss your overall dental health and periodontal (gum) condition. This will be followed by a thorough cleaning from one of our gentle, skilled dental hygienists. This is done in order to remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Plaque is produced by the bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth, and regular toothpaste isn’t enough to get rid of all of it. When left to its own devices, plaque can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and advanced gum disease. While we do treat gum disease when necessary, we prefer to catch the condition before it becomes a problem.
Nowadays, many people like to drink only bottled or purified water. Although this habit surely has its advantages, refraining from drinking tap water can actually be harmful to your enamel! Fluoride is a beneficial mineral for your teeth, and it’s normally added to tap water. During every general dentistry visit, you’ll receive a fluoride rinse that remineralizes your teeth. Our staff wants to use every modern tool to help improve your oral health whenever you visit us.