Why do I need to go to the dentist if I don’t have any pain?

April 1, 2022

With our lives being busier than ever, it seems counter intuitive to set aside time to go to the dentist and have a check-up, especially when nothing is hurting. With dentistry, as with all healthcare, the best, cheapest, and easiest care is preventive care. We want to make sure you never get any problems!

A preventive visit here at Tarpon River Dental generally consists of an exam of the mouth and teeth and likely some x-rays to aid in the visualization of the teeth. You’ll feel thoroughly taken care of and relieved when you get a clean bill of health or reassured with an appropriate course of treatment if we detect any issues that need to be addressed.

Most often, we like to do a preventive cleaning the same day, as it makes it very convenient for our patients. Having your teeth professionally cleaned of a regular basis allows us to examine every nook and cranny of the teeth to make sure they are in good condition. Regular dental cleanings will also prevent the excessive build-up of plaque and tartar which lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Having teeth that are free of tartar allows you to be better able to brush and floss effectively at home, also aiding in the prevention of cavities! Our cleanings are performed using what we call an ultrasonic scaler, which is the newest technology, as well as hand scalers for the more detailed work. A final polish will remove any surface staining caused by coffee, tea, or foods such as berries.

Maybe one of the best reasons to come in for a preventive visit and check-up is to have uninterrupted time with Dr. Petruk to bring up any cosmetic concerns you’ve been thinking about. If you’ve been considering treatments such as tooth whitening, orthodontics using Invisalign, or other cosmetic concerns, such as veneers, the best time to discuss if you’d be a good candidate is when everything is healthy, and nothing is hurting! Don’t delay! Call 954-787-6469 today to schedule your preventive check-up and cleaning today!

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