Some of the biggest problems you can have with your teeth, such as gum disease or uncontrolled tooth decay, can be caused by simple neglect. Brushing and flossing are so important to your health, but they are also really easy to skip. After all, it’s just one time, right? True, but that one time can easily turn into hardly doing it at all. The same is true for visiting our Port Charlotte, FL dental office every six months. It’s easy to put it off for one month, and besides, your schedule is packed as it is. But then years can go by before you realize it.

That’s why general dentistry procedures are so important. Not only can we give your teeth a professional hygiene experience that you just can’t do at home, but we can also spot problems before they get expensive and complicated.

Your First Appointment

When you come to our Port Charlotte dental office for the first time, we will treat you like an old friend. We usually get you seen within five minutes of your appointment time, and we even have all the necessary new patient forms for you to download and complete beforehand. Then we take digital X-rays to get accurate images of your teeth and perform an exam to search for any existing or potential problems. We’ll even check for signs of oral cancer. Once the full exam is complete, we’ll give your teeth a thorough cleaning.

Fluoride Treatments & Varnishes

You probably know how important fluoride is to your teeth, which is why we can offer fluoride treatments and varnishes at your checkup. These allow fluoride to penetrate deep into the enamel, helping to prevent tooth decay and strengthening your teeth.

Sealants

Food particles can get stuck in the grooves of your teeth, especially your molars. This attracts harmful bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. To avoid cavities and tooth fillings, we can use a clear sealant. This covers and fills in the grooves, smoothing the area out so it’s not just harder for bacteria to take hold — it’s easier for you to clean the teeth at home.

Nutritional Counseling

Sugary foods are a favorite for harmful bacteria, and people usually know that’s why sugar-heavy drinks like soda are bad for your teeth. But carbohydrates found in foods like bread and rice can have the same effect, since sugar is a type of carb. There’s so much misinformation out there about healthy foods that we offer nutritional counseling. We can help answer your questions about how foods affect your health and offer medically sound advice.

Mouthguards

Although your teeth are very strong, they sometimes need a little extra protection. If you or your child are playing sports like hockey or even riding a bike, we can custom-make athletic mouthguards that fit much more comfortably than any generic type. Our mouthguards can also be made with logos on them! And if you grind your teeth at night, we can give you a mouthguard that protects your teeth from damage.

Hygiene visits and exams are very important, but we go beyond just that. With our fluoride treatments, sealants, nutritional counseling, and mouthguards, we can help protect your teeth for years to come with general dentistry procedures. Call us at [phone] today or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment.