We all know we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth at home. Without taking care of your teeth at home, you will likely have problems with cavities, gum disease, and more before you know it. But even if you are perfect with brushing and flossing your teeth, you can still have those problems. Why? A lack of training and tools. Dr. Dietrich and Dr. Kalonaros-Dietrich are both doctors of dentistry and have taken courses and continuing education over the years to remain on top of their field. They are specifically trained in getting your teeth clean and healthy. And at our Port Charlotte, FL office, we have specialized tools and technology not available at home. Simply put, we can clean your teeth better than anyone else. Call our dental office at [phone] to schedule your dental cleanings and dental exams Port Charlotte, FL area appointment.

Then there are the exams. Most people don’t know what a cavity looks like in its early stages, or how to tell the difference between gums that are sore from brushing too hard and gums infected with gum disease. It’s no surprise that problems that get ignored can turn into something big, expensive, and usually painful. Between getting your teeth professionally cleaned and catching problems while they’re still small, our hygiene visits and dental exams are a necessary part of your dental health.

When You Should Come in For Hygiene Visits & Exams

The rule of thumb is to visit our Port Charlotte dental office once every six months. This allows us to spot potential dental health issues before they grow, as well as keep your teeth properly clean. However, this can vary from patient to patient. For example, you might need to come in more often if you are showing signs of gum disease.

Remember that catching problems early with regular hygiene visits and exams will save you time and money in the long run. After all, which is worse: coming in once for simple dental procedures twice a year, or coming in repeatedly for complicated procedures?

What To Expect At Your Appointment

If this is your first appointment at Dietrich Dental Services, you will start by completing our new patient forms. (To make your appointment faster, you can download these forms and complete them ahead of time.) Then we will take digital X-rays, which give more accurate results with much less radiation than traditional X-rays. We can also use a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scanner to create an incredibly detailed three-dimensional image of your teeth and jaw. We also take a full series of digital photographs and put them up on a large screen – these help you to see what we are seeing when we look in your mouth. Once complete, your dentist will perform a complete exam, including a visual check for any signs of oral cancer. Our hygienist will do a thorough periodontal (gum) exam and together with the dentist will determine if you have gum disease and what type of hygiene visit will best benefit your health. Last, you and your dentist will create a treatment plan to repair any damage and get your teeth back to their beautiful, healthy state.

With our dental hygiene visits and dental exams, we can do more than give you that great “fresh-from-the-dentist” feeling. We can spot and sometimes fix problems before they get out of hand. If you are ready for your next dental cleanings and dental exams Port Charlotte, FL appointment, or if you have any questions, call us today at [phone] or use our convenient online form.