Preventive Dentistry for Orlando Families
At Sand Lake Dental, we believe that our first responsibility is to help you avoid oral health problems and enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. One way we do this is with preventive dentistry. Actually, preventing dental troubles is a team effort among Dr. Maali, our staff, and you. Together, we can keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright, as well as reduce your risk of gum disease and other oral health concerns.
Checkups & Cleanings
The second element of preventive dentistry happens in our office. First, of course, is the dental checkup. Scheduled twice each year, these appointments allow us to clean and polish your teeth, as well as remove plaque buildup that can be a precursor to gum disease. We’ll also check for signs of tooth decay. If necessary, we can take digital X-rays to find any hidden cavities. To help you in the fight against tooth decay, Dr. Maali may recommend a fluoride treatment or dental sealants; these are particularly important in helping to prevent cavities in young children.
Finally, preventing oral health problems also helps to prevent general health problems, too. Researchers have found a strong connection between the health of your mouth and health of your body. Most important in this regard is the prevention of gum disease, which has been linked to a number of systemic diseases and illnesses, including stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and low-weight newborns.
Brushing & Flossing Tips
Your part in preventive dentistry is twofold. First, proper oral hygiene at home is imperative. Dr. Maali recommends brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day – but not just any brushing and flossing. We want you to brush and floss correctly, so here are some tips:
- Always use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and toothpaste that is fluoridated.
- Grip your brush so that it’s resting at an angle (around 45 degrees) and brush 2-3 teeth at a time while making circular motions.
- Make sure to pay attention to ALL of your teeth’s surfaces. This includes the visible surface, the surface of the back of the tooth, and the chewing surface. A great brushing routine typically lasts anywhere from 2-3 minutes.
- When flossing, use about 18 inches at a time so that you can continually shift to unused portions.
- Make sure to glide the floss in between the teeth gently and hold it taut.
- Do your best to press the floss along the edge of both teeth, moving it all the way down so that it touches the gums.
Other steps you can take at home to prevent dental problems include eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Maali.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a very common health problem, and one that can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy smile if it’s left to its own devices for too long. In fact, it’s the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States! Here in Orlando, Dr. Maali and the rest of our team are well-aware of the symptoms that signal the presence of a soft tissue infection, and we’ll be sure to recommend treatment right away if needed for the sake of our patients’ ongoing oral health and wellbeing.
So how do you treat gum disease? Our go-to service is scaling and root planing, which is an in-depth cleaning that specifically targets dangerous bacteria underneath the gum line. We also pay special attention to smoothing the rough areas along your tooth roots, which are prime breeding areas for damaging plaque. Soft tissue laser therapy and antibiotic therapy are available as well when needed.
Children’s Dentistry Services
Many parents wonder when they should begin bringing their children to see a dentist. The answer is when you see that first tooth appear, or certainly by the time they are one-year-old. Beginning this young helps children comfortably adjust to the sights and sounds of a dental office. Moreover, we can help you care for your children’s teeth with tips and pointers that will make brushing and flossing easier and more enjoyable.
We start seeing children at the age of 6 years old, when most children can tolerate a simple cleaning and exam. As they mature, we’ll want to expand their checkup to include other preventive measures, such as X-rays, dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Both of these go a long way toward helping to prevent tooth decay.
Once your children reach adolescence, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment so they can reap all the benefits of straight teeth. Invisalign® Teen uses clear plastic aligners to move your child’s teeth into proper alignment. They won’t be bothered by the appearance or the hassle of traditional braces with metal brackets and wires.
Renewing Healthy Smiles
In adulthood, dental needs may include restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Whether you have tooth decay or tooth loss, Sand Lake Dental can renew your healthy smile. The restorative services we offer include:
- Porcelain Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal Treatment
- Dental Crowns
- Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
To enhance your smile, our available cosmetic dentistry services include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Snap-On Smile
- Porcelain Veneers
Schedule an Appointment Today
Whatever your family dentistry needs are, Dr. Maali and the staff at Sand Lake Dental are here to help. Call our office today at (407) 355-0608 to schedule an appointment.