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Having two dental checkups every year is important for keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Cavities and gum disease can be costly to deal with once they reach their most advanced, severe stages, but they are much easier to deal with if Dr. Ponnaganti catches them early on. If it has been at least six months since anyone in your family has seen a dentist, get in touch with us today to set up an appointment for everyone to receive preventive dentistry in Westchase, FL!
After going over any recent developments in your medical history, we’ll check your teeth for cracks and decay. We’ll also be looking at the state of your gums as well as any restorations that are currently in your mouth. Some checkups involve taking diagnostic X-rays so that we can check for hidden problems. Afterwards, we’ll move on to the cleaning, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Our goal will be to remove plaque buildup from the areas that you’ve been unable to clean by yourself.
You might have all the best oral health habits during the day, but you could still be damaging your teeth without even realizing it at night. Bruxism is another word for the unconscious grinding of the teeth, and it often happens while you’re asleep, particularly if you’re experiencing a lot of stress. We can create a nightguard that stops your teeth from making direct contact with each other, thus protecting them from the damage that frequent grinding can cause.
Fluoride is found naturally in many foods, and most communities add it to their drinking water. When teeth take in fluoride that has mixed with your saliva, the enamel protecting them becomes stronger and more resistant to decay. Teeth that are particularly vulnerable to decay can especially benefit from fluoride. That is why we offer fluoride treatments during routine checkups. The process is simple, painless, and can be completed quickly (although you’ll have to wait for a while for your teeth to fully absorb the fluoride).
Thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and at least one person dies of the disease every hour. Luckily, catching the problem early drastically improves your odds of survival. An oral cancer screening can easily be performed during a routine examination. Dr. Ponnaganti checks for signs of oral cancer on the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums; if troublesome symptoms are found, she’ll help you begin the process of seeking a proper diagnosis.