Preventive Care in Sarasota, FL
Prevention is a top priority at Sarasota Dental Arts. Dr. Kaya Aygen and his team are equipped to help you be proactive about your oral health so that you can prevent costly issues from arising. We recommend that you have a professional cleaning and dental examination twice per year or biannually to maintain good oral health.
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Regular preventative appointments are the key to ensuring that you maintain good oral health and avoid costly restorative work. At Sarasota Dental Arts, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Call us to schedule your professional cleaning and examination today!
- How often should I visit the dentist?
- What happens during a dental cleaning appointment?
- Why is preventive dental care so important?
- How often do I need to brush and floss my teeth?
- What is periodontal disease?
- How can I tell if I have gum disease?
- What happens if you don’t treat gum disease?
- How does periodontal deep cleaning treat gum disease?
- I am not in Sarasota during the summer. Can you be my winter dentist?
How often should I visit the dentist?
For patients who have healthy teeth and gums, we typically recommend visits to the dentist every six months for dental cleanings and examinations. However, the frequency can vary depending on your specific needs. For instance, if we are treating you for periodontal disease or another condition, we may recommend that you come to see us more often. Some patients may require three or four teeth cleanings a year to maintain a healthy smile.
Visiting your Sarasota, FL dentist for those regularly scheduled appointments is the best way to prevent serious dental health issues from forming. It also allows your dentist to catch any small concerns before they become more costly to address.
If we are placing a restoration or have performed a root canal, we may recommend that you return for a follow-up visit to check on your progress. If we've seen you for emergency dental care, we will recommend a follow-up visit to create a maintenance plan to help you avoid future emergencies.
Are you due for a dental exam and teeth cleaning? Call Sarasota Dental Arts to arrange a convenient appointment.
What happens during a dental cleaning appointment?
Our friendly hygienists are gentle and skilled at making your cleaning appointment comfortable and productive. Excellent dental care begins at home. So they’ll take the time to educate you about your oral health and teach you skills and techniques to improve your home care routine.
You will also see Dr. Aygen at every cleaning appointment where he’ll do an examination and review x-rays with you. X-rays are a crucial part of the diagnostic process. They help Dr. Aygen see inside your teeth and under your gums so he can diagnose and treat problems early on.
We offer digital x-rays, which are ready for viewing immediately and expose patients to up to 90% less radiation than traditional films. If you need restorative services, Dr. Aygen will explain what's required and why, so you can decide what treatment options work best for your lifestyle and budget. Please call Sarasota Dental Arts to get started.
Why is preventive dental care so important?
In a nutshell, preventive dental care is essential because it protects your oral health. Seeing you every six months for exams and teeth cleanings at our Sarasota, FL dental office allows us to watch for signs of problems that might be developing without your knowledge.
Fixing cavities or treating gum disease is not only more comfortable when they’re small, but it’s more cost-effective. We can’t help you if we don’t see you. Skipping dental exams and hygiene appointments often results in the need for more complex treatment in the future.
We now also know more about how chronic oral health problems impact your general health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene and frequent infections can contribute to numerous conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and many others.
How often do I need to brush and floss my teeth?
Everyone should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing once. You can’t expect to enjoy problem-free oral health if you don’t keep your teeth clean. It’s a simple habit to get into, and the entire routine shouldn’t take you more than about ten minutes a day.
The key to brushing and flossing is to make sure you’re doing it correctly. You can ask your dental hygienist to show you the proper technique, or look for an instructional video online.
It’s also critical to follow up your at-home hygiene efforts with preventive dentistry at our Sarasota dental office. Dr. Aygen will check your teeth and gums to look for signs of cavities or gum disease. Our dental hygienist will clean all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly to get rid of plaque and tartar that you can’t remove with your toothbrush
If you would like oral hygiene tips or it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning in Sarasota, FL, please call us to schedule an appointment.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by excessive plaque buildup and is an infection of tissues that surround and support your teeth. In its earliest stage, we refer to gum disease as gingivitis. At this point, the symptoms are so mild that many patients aren’t aware that they have gum disease.
Common symptoms of gingivitis are red or swollen gums or bleeding when you brush your teeth. Fortunately, gingivitis is easily reversible with a thorough dental cleaning with your hygienist and improved at-home oral care.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Nearly half of all US adults over age 30 have some degree of gum disease. It is so widespread because symptoms are either non-existent or may be so mild that they don’t realize they have it.
Symptoms of gum disease to watch out for are:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or inflamed gums
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath
Have you noticed any of these symptoms or a change in the way your teeth or gums feel? Please call Sarasota Dental Arts to schedule a dental exam and cleaning so we can investigate the problem and develop a plan to treat your gum disease.
What happens if you don’t treat gum disease?
Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease that occurs when plaque beneath the gumline turns into tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing alone.
Tartar pushes gum tissue away from the tooth and allows bacteria to get in, which can cause loss of gum tissue and even loss of teeth or jawbone in severe cases. If your gum disease reaches a more advanced state, it may be necessary to perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing at our Sarasota dental office.
How does periodontal deep cleaning treat gum disease?
Scaling and root planing is an advanced dental cleaning procedure where your hygienist removes plaque and tartar build-up beneath your gums. During a periodontal deep cleaning at our Sarasota, FL dental office, we also smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. Doing so eliminates rough spots where bacteria can collect and also encourages your gums to reattach to your teeth.
If needed, your dental hygienist will also apply an antibiotic treatment to eliminate any lingering infection that may be present. We use technology that makes deep cleanings comfortable and efficient for patients.
I am not in Sarasota during the summer. Can you be my winter dentist?
Many of our patients are “snowbirds” who spend their winter months in beautiful Sarasota and the summer up north. We don’t want you to miss out on your important twice-yearly preventive examinations, so snowbirds and other travelers are always welcome at our office!
We will happily coordinate care with your dental provider up north to make sure that your treatment is consistent and that everyone is on the same page.
If you are new to the area or you are seeking a new practice, please contact us! We are always welcoming new patients, and we look forward to meeting you!