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Preventive Care in St Petersburg, FL

At Modern Day Smiles here in St. Petersburg, we believe that prevention is the key to optimum oral health. Getting down to the underlying cause of an issue is often the best way to deal with it.

With regular cleaning and check-up visits, our expert team can help you maintain a beautiful smile and good oral health for a lifetime, which translates into optimum overall health and well-being. This is our goal for you as our patient.

What is Preventive Care and Why is it Important?

As we like to educate our patients here in St. Petersburg, preventive care comes down to what you do on a regular basis to avoid the misfortunes around oral health that can arise. From the basics such as brushing twice per day, flossing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, well-managed prevention is the best way to avoid unwanted treatment from becoming a necessity in the first place.

What Types of Preventive Dentistry Procedures are there?

Preventive care procedures appear in a range of formats, from simple regular check-ups to X rays. A very common procedure we handle is cleanings, the act of removing unwanted plaque from the teeth and therefore stopping the potential diseases that can arise in the first place. Here at Modern Day Smiles St. Petersburg, we cater to a variety of different treatments that we’d be happy to share with new or existing patients.

If worse comes to worst your preventive care efforts just aren’t enough, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be used to improve your oral health which we offer patients. An example being root canals which are just one of the many ways our team here at Modern Day Smiles St. Pete can fix your smile and aid in your oral health.

Root canals put simply are a way of resolving infection that occurs in the center of the tooth in order to avoid extraction. Once your canal is clean and clear of any possible infection, our experts seal your tooth with a temporary filling.

Simple Preventive Care Habits you can Incorporate Today

Listed below are some simple habits you can begin acting on to maintain good oral health well into the future.

  • Brushing your teeth regularly (twice a day) should be an ingrained habit from your childhood.
  • Flossing at least once per day is also highly beneficial, removing unwanted bacteria that can linger between your teeth after a meal.
  • Eating a well balanced and healthy diet is also key to great oral health. A diet high in sugar can cause a variety of problems down the line. Sticking to raw vegetables and fruit is the best way towards great oral health.

Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups

Our doctors recommend that patients already in good oral health visit us every six months (twice per year). At your regular dental visits, our hygienists will clean your teeth and remove the excess plaque build-up that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Your hygienist will also take the time to educate you about your oral health and offer helpful tips and suggestions for proper brushing and flossing techniques so you can make the most out of your home care routine.

You’ll also be screened for issues such as oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay because thankfully our doctors have the capability to detect these issues in their earliest stages, which results in faster prevention. Being proactive about these oral health concerns can ensure that you have the best chance at preventing dental disease in the most cost-effective form. With certain issues like periodontal disease being linked to other health concerns such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease, it’s more important than ever to maintain excellent oral health in this day and age.

Digital X-rays

At Modern Day Smiles in St. Petersburg FL, we utilize digital x-rays for the benefit of both our doctors and our patients.

Both our experts Dr. Remal Patel and Dr. Kinjal Patel recognize that digital images offer a much clearer, internal picture of your teeth, which means a more accurate and precise diagnosis. These images are also much easier to transfer and share with other doctors participating in your care.

For our patients, digital x-rays allow you to see your images almost immediately after they’re taken. This gives you the opportunity to see and discuss options for treatment and care with your doctor during your appointment and allows you to better understand the requirements of your treatment. Digital x-rays also expose patients to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays, therefore, are far safer and less intimidating.

Children’s Dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL

We welcome patients of all ages at Modern Day Smiles; our doctors recommend that your children begin seeing us around the age of three unless you’ve noticed any concerns or issues ahead of time. We know how important first dental visits are for your child and we strive to make every visit to our office positive, fun and upbeat. We also provide additional services for children such as fluoride and dental sealants if we feel this is needed.

We hope to be your life-long partners in optimum oral health at Modern Day Smiles, we look forward to serving you and your family. Be sure to contact our office today to schedule your next cleaning and check-up.