Preventative Dentistry - palm beach gardens fl

Professional Care is Essential to Your Oral Health

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Preventive Dentistry Maintains Oral Health

The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is especially meaningful when discussing dental health. Prevention can mean the difference between addressing the earliest stages of tooth decay and having to undergo invasive restorative procedures like root canal therapy.

Professional Teeth Cleanings are Essential to Your Oral Health

By maintaining healthy gums and teeth through a combination of in-office and at-home treatments, dental health issues such as periodontal disease can be easily prevented. To help patients achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, we provide professional teeth cleanings in our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, practice. We recommend undergoing a checkup and cleaning at least every six months and, in some cases, every three months.

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Why Cleanings are Important

Even with daily brushing and flossing, dental plaque can collect in hard-to-reach areas of your smile. The millions of bacteria found in plaque then use the sugars from the foods you consume to produce acids that slowly deteriorate tooth enamel. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar. Left untreated, tartar buildup can begin to affect your gums, teeth, and the underlying bone tissue. By removing plaque and tartar buildup, the dentist can minimize your risk of gingivitis, gum infection, and other issues. Meanwhile, the need for restorative procedures such as dental implants or crowns can be avoided altogether. Many do not realize that regular cleanings provide much more than a healthy, beautiful smile. Oral health has been linked to overall health, and research indicates that gum disease and other conditions can increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and other serious health concerns. In short, regular checkups can be a simple and effective means of living a longer, healthier life.
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Why Cleanings are Important

Even with daily brushing and flossing, dental plaque can collect in hard-to-reach areas of your smile. The millions of bacteria found in plaque then use the sugars from the foods you consume to produce acids that slowly deteriorate tooth enamel. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar. Left untreated, tartar buildup can begin to affect your gums, teeth, and the underlying bone tissue. By removing plaque and tartar buildup, the dentist can minimize your risk of gingivitis, gum infection, and other issues. Meanwhile, the need for restorative procedures such as dental implants or crowns can be avoided altogether. Many do not realize that regular cleanings provide much more than a healthy, beautiful smile. Oral health has been linked to overall health, and research indicates that gum disease and other conditions can increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and other serious health concerns. In short, regular checkups can be a simple and effective means of living a longer, healthier life.

What to Expect with Routine Cleanings

During your visit, our team will closely examine your teeth and gums to diagnose any potential problems. Next, we will use a special ultrasonic instrument to dislodge any larger pieces of tartar, while spraying a cooling mist to wash away remaining pieces. A smaller hand tool called a scaler will then be used to remove any remaining deposits. Once the teeth are completely clean, we will treat them with a gentle polishing tool. Your hygienist will also take time to provide you with tips for more effective brushing and flossing. Our doctors and team believe patient education is an important element of effective dental care and will take every measure to help you maintain the best oral health possible between checkups.
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What to Expect with Routine Cleanings

During your visit, our team will closely examine your teeth and gums to diagnose any potential problems. Next, we will use a special ultrasonic instrument to dislodge any larger pieces of tartar, while spraying a cooling mist to wash away remaining pieces. A smaller hand tool called a scaler will then be used to remove any remaining deposits. Once the teeth are completely clean, we will treat them with a gentle polishing tool. Your hygienist will also take time to provide you with tips for more effective brushing and flossing. Our doctors and team believe patient education is an important element of effective dental care and will take every measure to help you maintain the best oral health possible between checkups.

Deep Periodontal Cleanings

If gingivitis or periodontal disease is detected during your checkup, we may recommend a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease, or scaling and root planning treatment. As opposed to a general cleaning that focuses on the surfaces of your teeth and your gum line, a deep scaling concentrates on buildup that has occurred below the gum line. This process also involves smoothing the root surfaces to prevent future buildup.
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Deep Periodontal Cleanings

If gingivitis or periodontal disease is detected during your checkup, we may recommend a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease, or scaling and root planning treatment. As opposed to a general cleaning that focuses on the surfaces of your teeth and your gum line, a deep scaling concentrates on buildup that has occurred below the gum line. This process also involves smoothing the root surfaces to prevent future buildup.
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The Gums
If our doctor identifies the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, we may recommend more aggressive home care. If you receive a diagnosis of moderate or advanced gum disease, your treatment options could include laser therapy, topical antibiotic, deep cleaning, or soft tissue grafts.
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Oral Cancer
Lesions, white spots, sores and other abnormalities of the soft tissues of the tongue, inner cheeks, lips, throat, and palate could indicate oral cancer. Regular checkups with a dental professional trained to identify the earliest signs of oral cancer are your best bet for avoiding this aggressive disease.
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Renewing Old Dental Work
During your checkup, our doctor will also evaluate your existing dental work for wear, leakage, or structural damage that could compromise the health of the teeth they are meant to protect. If he locates problematic restorations, we will discuss your options for replacing them. Old, unsightly metal crowns and fillings are routinely replaced with aesthetic alternatives, like porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays or composite resin fillings. As advocates of aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Jay Ajmo enjoys helping our patients achieve a smile that looks natural and white.
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For Thorough Preventive Care, Call Us Today

At-home dental hygiene is very important, but regular professional cleanings are equally essential in helping you maintain excellent oral health. By attending regular cleanings, you can keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. Whether you attend six-month checkups, or have waited years to visit the dentist’s office, our team at the PGA Dentistry look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health in an environment that promotes patient comfort and clinical excellence.

Avoid Unnecessary Dental Care Tomorrow With Preventative Dentistry Today!

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