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Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Naples, FL

Preventive Dental Care is the Key to Staying Healthy and Happy

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Very few people actually look forward to visiting their dentist for their routine checkup and cleaning, that’s why routine checkups and cleanings often get pushed to the backburner. The only problem with putting preventive dental care off is that it opens the door for common oral health problems to develop in your mouth, causing big problems down the road. At Galleria Dentistry, we take pride in providing our patients with thorough and high-quality checkups and cleanings to reduce their risk of developing issues that require invasive and costly procedures later on. If it’s been longer than six months since you’ve visited a dentist, be sure to request an appointment on our website!

Dental Checkups

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The first portion of your semi-annual appointment will be your dental checkup. Once you get comfortable in our treatment room, we’ll examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of oral health problems or plaque and tartar buildup. Using special tools, we’ll measure the depth of your gums and keep an eye out for common periodontal disease symptoms such as irritation, swelling, and redness.

If it has been awhile since you last had a dental X-ray, we’ll also take images of your mouth and facial structure to see if there are any problems hidden beneath the surface. This is a great time for you to let us know if you’ve been experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. If you have an oral health problem, we’ll develop a treatment plan with you before we move onto the cleaning portion of your visit.

Professional Dental Cleanings

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After any lingering oral health problems have been addressed, one of our experienced dental hygienists will begin your professional dental cleaning. Using gadgets that are specially designed to reach into the nooks and crannies of your mouth, such as the scaler, we’ll remove all of the plaque and tartar from below your gum line. This will keep harmful oral bacteria from building up and causing cavities.

Using a gritty substance called prophylaxis paste, we’ll polish your teeth with a powered polisher to break apart any surface stains and leave your smile brighter than when you walked into our office. Lastly, we’ll floss between each of your teeth to make sure they’re clear of any food debris and plaque.

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

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Preventive dental care doesn’t just keep your mouth healthy, it also offers several benefits for your overall wellbeing. Here are seven reasons to visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months:

  • Detect oral cancer early for higher chances of successful treatment.
  • Prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Keep cavities from developing.
  • Detect gum disease early, while the effects are still reversible.
  • Keep bad habits like smoking in check.
  • Learn about orthodontic issues early.
  • Find problems hidden beneath the surface with digital X-rays.

Maintaining Good Oral Health At Home

Many people wonder why brushing and flossing at home isn’t enough to keep your mouth healthy. Although this is often your first line of defense against gum disease and other problems, it’s not always enough to stop them from developing. That’s where your dentist comes in. During your checkups and cleanings, we’re able to reach into the nooks and crannies of your mouth that you can’t get to at home. However, with the proper daily oral hygiene routine, you can shorten your dental visits and keep your teeth bright and healthy. Here’s what you can do between checkups and cleanings:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth daily.
  • Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Stay hydrated with water.

If it has been longer than you can remember since the last time you saw a dentist, be sure to schedule an appointment with our professionals at Galleria Dentistry in Naples. We take our time to thoroughly examine your mouth because we value your overall health and wellbeing.