Your Smile Can’t Wait!
Dr. Burton has invested heavily in modern dental tools, staff training, and advanced technology. But we can’t do much to help maintain your healthy smile if you never come to visit our Clearwater, FL dentist’s office!
We get it. People put off going to the dentist for a variety of reasons, including dental anxiety. And some folks even do an extra-special job of brushing their teeth, flossing, and rinsing with fluoride. That is certainly a good start. But good oral hygiene at home is only the beginning of the preventive dental care you need to keep smiling all through life. That’s why avoiding regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings will only be making things more difficult for your future self.
A Dentist In Clearwater That You Can Trust
At Clearwater Dental Associates we have specialized knowledge, hands-on experience, and all the investments we mentioned earlier, that you just won’t have access to at home. All these things allow us to recognize potential threats to your oral health and general well being long before you would have any reason to notice.
We have seen many cases where a patient came in with what would-have-been minor concerns a few months prior to that but their problems have turned into major ordeals that involve more pain and expense.
Cavities & Decay
Tooth decay is a big problem in this country and it is one of the main reasons that people turn to their dentists for help. Whatever you eat and drink leaves its mark on your teeth over time. The sugars contained in the modern food supply feed the bacteria that causes tooth decay. What’s more, the acids found in many of our popular foods and beverages can weaken your enamel, so that your teeth becomes even more susceptible to that bacteria.
If you doing your part to brush and floss at home and you are coming in for regular cleanings and examinations, you will be ahead of the game.
Our Clearwater Dental Associates team can help you fight decay by regularly removing the plaque and tartar from all the spaces that are good at harboring bacteria. We will also be able to catch cavities in their early stages, before the situation escalates.
A small cavity is easy enough to fill, and is more or less painless!
But if the decay works its way through your enamel into the soft pulp of your tooth, you will likely require a root canal.
Even worse than a root canal is your fate if the decay has become too severe to save.
In that case, we are talking about an extraction, and then some sort of artificial replacement option like a dental implant.
We can assure you that none of these things are as pleasant or affordable as keeping regular preventative dental appointments.
Gum disease is an increasingly common issue in the United States, but its early symptoms are hard to self-diagnose. As it happens, gum disease is also caused by bacteria. It can manifest itself at first as a slight irritation of your soft tissues. There might be some redness and maybe a little bleeding. In such an early stage, gum disease is relatively easy to treat and the damage can be reversed.
But if it is not properly addressed it can mean real trouble for you not too far down the road. As gum disease advances into full blown periodontal disease, your gums will recede away from your teeth, even to the point of exposing the roots. This is when teeth could start falling out.
At that point, pockets of infection can form between your teeth, which can spread throughout your mouth, jeopardizing your teeth and your overall health if it makes it into your bloodstream. Again, regular cleanings are a better way to go.
These will help add another layer of protection against gum disease, and our thorough examinations will allow us to detect it (if it ever develops) while it is still in the earliest stages and easily reversible.
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Have you been inspired to reclaim your smile? Contact our Clearwater, FL dental team to schedule your next appointment today.