Sarasota Preventative Dentist

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Preventive Dentistry at Sarasota Bay Dental

We take a conservative approach to dentistry and focus on education and preventive care. With regular six-month dental appointments, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants, we can help you avoid common oral health issues.

During routine appointments, Dr. Miller will perform a comprehensive exam and thoroughly assess your dental health. Your regular checkups can help us catch issues before they have a chance to progress. Gum disease and tooth decay affect a majority of Americans, but with preventive dentistry at Sarasota Bay Dental, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your smile is strong and healthy.

Beyond regular dental check-ups, it’s also important to take proper care of your teeth at home. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once per day will help prevent cavities and gum disease. You can also keep your mouth healthy by avoiding a diet that is high in sugars and simple starches, and instead opting for a low-sugar diet that’s high in fiber, fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. At your appointment, you can discuss your diet with Dr. Miller and learn more about how what you eat affects your oral health.

Protect Your Teeth With Fluoride Treatments

During routine appointments, Dr. Miller may suggest a fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect your teeth. This non-invasive, quick procedure involves a highly-concentrated fluoride gel that is “painted” onto your teeth. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that has the unique ability to remineralize damaged tooth enamel and prevent cavities from developing. This treatment takes only a few minutes and can be performed during any appointment, making this an ideal way to fight back against cavities for patients of all ages.

Fluoride treatments remineralize your teeth and they are able to reverse minor cases of tooth decay, also called “soft spots.” These soft spots consist of weakened enamel, and they may progress into cavities if they are not treated in time. Fluoride treatments allow you to restore your teeth and prevent the need for a filling or a dental crown. Studies show that fluoride is one of the most important minerals for your oral health.

What Are Dental Sealants & How Do They Help?

Sealants are a great way to protect the surfaces of your teeth from direct contact with harmful substances. Most often, sealants are used to cover the rear molars since these teeth tend to be the most cavity-prone areas of a patient’s mouth. Dental sealants are made of a liquid resin that acts as a shield once it hardens. The protective barrier prevents oral bacteria, acids, and food from directly contacting teeth and forming cavities. Dental sealants can last 10 years or longer, making them an ideal long-term treatment for patients who are prone to cavities.

The process of applying dental sealants only takes a few minutes and can be done as part of any routine cleaning at Sarasota Bay Dental. Sealants are often recommended for children because they are very prone to developing cavities in their rear teeth. However, dental sealants can be used for patients of all ages.  

Periodontal Care in Sarasota

Proper periodontal care is critical for preventing gingivitis or reversing its early stages before the issue becomes more severe and irreversible. One of the most common periodontal treatments is scaling and root planing, also known as “deep cleaning.” During treatment, Dr. Miller will remove plaque from the roots of your teeth and your gum line, preventing further infection. Oral bacterial rinses may also be used to disinfect the mouth if gingivitis is present. With proper oral care and hygiene, most patients can halt the progression of gum disease if we catch it early enough, and minor cases of gingivitis can be reversed entirely.

If you do not get treatment for gum disease in time, it could progress from gingivitis into an irreversible case of advanced periodontitis. This stage of gum disease can never be completely eliminated and requires regular deep cleanings to control in order to prevent it from causing further damage to your gums, jaw bone, and teeth.

Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of gum disease, including red and discolored gums, bad breath (halitosis), tenderness in your gums, and bleeding when brushing. More severe cases of gum disease may involve symptoms like a bad taste in your mouth, loose teeth, and increased sensitivity to pressure when chewing. If you notice one or more of these issues, come in to see Dr. Miller for treatment before your condition progresses any further.

Keep your Smile looking & Feeling Its Best

Coming in for routine appointments at Sarasota Bay Dental every 6 months for a cleaning and oral exam will ensure that your mouth remains healthy. Cleanings, exams, and x-rays are the best way to catch potential oral health issues before they become more severe. One of our hygienists will remove plaque, professionally clean your teeth, and floss them to ensure your smile looks and feels its best.  

Then, Dr. Miller will thoroughly assess your smile and look for signs of oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. He may recommend x-rays as a precautionary measure to ensure that your gums and teeth are free of any hidden issues.

Keeping up with routine preventive care can save you time and money in the long run. By assessing your oral health and taking proper action to avoid dental health issues, Dr. Miller ensures that your smile remains bright, white, and healthy for years to come.

You can schedule an appointment at (941) 200-3723 or stop by our office at 2809 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243.