Receiving regularly scheduled teeth cleanings and complete dental checkups is essential for maintaining great oral health and beautiful teeth. The oral care team at New Tampa Family Dental advises every patient to visit us for this purpose at least twice per year. These important examinations and cleanings allow our experts to keep track of your oral health and to provide timely treatment if it is ever necessary.
Every complete dental checkup at our practice includes a professional teeth cleaning and when necessary, digital X-rays. We also offer oral cancer screenings and supplemental fluoride applications for patients when we believe that such treatments would be beneficial. During your visit, you will be able to kick back in our comfy dental chairs and watch Netflix, all while we take care of your teeth. Whenever you visit New Tampa Family Dental, you will certainly feel at home and relaxed, and you can be sure that you and your family are on the right track for outstanding oral health and strong, healthy teeth.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Sometimes referred to as prophylaxis, a professional teeth cleaning is designed to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria and plaque. We start by using specialized dental tools to remove any hardened plaque that has accumulated on the surface of one’s teeth and below their gum line. Next, surface stains are eliminated by polishing and cleansing the teeth. This thorough process will provide you with a strong sense of oral freshness that will last for several months, and it also gives our experts a chance to examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
Taking digital X-rays is perhaps the best way to instantly and safely view the hidden areas of a person’s oral structures and detect any problems or issues that are present. Once we have a clear picture of what is happening, our experts are able to let the patient know exactly what is occurring in their mouth and what they can do to fix any problems. From there, our team can proceed with the best possible treatment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a dangerous disease that is most easily treated when caught in its earliest stages. We strongly encourage any patient who is at a high risk of developing oral cancer to receive an oral cancer screening during their dental checkup. During this treatment, we carefully examine the patient’s lips, tongue, face, gums, throat and oral tissues for any abnormalities that may suggest the presence of cancer. If anything is found, we will schedule a biopsy for the patient as soon as possible.
Supplemental fluoride applications are highly effective in strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in certain foods and in water. When applied directly to the teeth, it remineralizes tooth enamel, thereby reversing the effects of early tooth decay. Any patient who is at a high risk of developing tooth decay is advised to receive a fluoride application, which can be completed during their dental checkup. The process only requires a few minutes, and it is available for patients of all ages.
The first step to improving your oral health and achieving great-looking teeth is to receive a complete dental checkup at New Tampa Family Dental. Please call our office at (813) 359-1339 to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.