Preventive Dental Care

Panama City Smiles : Preventive Dental Care in Panama City, FL

Preventive dental care is the key to maintaining great oral health and avoiding dental problems that can be painful and expensive. Dr. Anish Patel at Panama City Smiles offers a number of ways to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and dental injury. We will counsel you about proper oral hygiene at home and provide services that will protect your teeth.

Cleanings & Exams – Getting routine cleanings and exams at least twice per year will keep your mouth clean, healthy, and free of decay. Exams help us to identify existing problems and potential problems early, so treatment can stop any tooth decay or gum disease in their tracks. We can also take action to protect your teeth with sealants and fluoride treatments.

Oral Care Advice – During your routine exams, we can detect areas in your mouth that need more attention at home. We can recommend a toothbrush that is the right size and shape for your mouth to reach the places that may not have been getting brushed properly. We can also teach children about proper brushing and flossing to establish great oral hygiene habits early in life.

Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent dental cavities and can repair teeth in the very early stages of decay. There are two main types of fluoride: topical and systemic. Professional fluoride treatments available at our office are another preventive measure for those at higher risk of cavities.

  • Topical – applied directly to tooth enamel. Fluoride is usually delivered in toothpastes and mouth rinses.
  • Systemic – swallowed or taken internally. Fluoridated water or fluoride supplements add strength to tooth enamel from the inside.
  • Professional Treatments – topical fluoride applied by a dentist or hygienist. The ways fluoride is applied at the dental office is through a solution, gel, foam, or varnish. After the fluoride is applied, it is important not to eat, drink, or rinse your teeth for a short period of time. This allows the fluoride to be absorbed into the enamel.

Dental Sealants – Some teeth, especially the back teeth, are prone to decay because they have pits and fissures that are too small or deep to be reached and cleaned with regular brushing. Dental sealants provide a thin plastic barrier against tooth decay. The sealant is painted on and bonds quickly, filling the grooves and fissures of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This provides a protective shield against decay over the enamel of your teeth.

Mouthguards – Teeth also need protection from injury. Mouthguards for sports protect teeth from blows and falls that are common with athletic activities. We also make mouthguards for bruxism – grinding of the teeth – to separate the top and bottom teeth so they do not get worn down. Both kinds of mouthguards are custom made to fit your teeth perfectly, providing the best protection.

Nutritional Counseling – Nutrition is a very important part of keeping your whole body healthy. Did you know you can make good choices with your diet that will keep cavities at bay, reduce inflammation, and prevent infection? Nutritional advice from Dr. Patel will give you another way to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Are You Due for a Checkup?

If it has been awhile since you have had a professional cleaning and exam, don’t worry. We are a no-lecture office and will be happy to get you back on track with excellent oral health with our Preventive Dental Care in Panama City, FL. Call for an appointment today at (850) 588-0185, or use our convenient online form.