A healthy mouth is essential to a healthy body. Orlando dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock is committed to protecting your oral health with preventive dentistry and treatment of oral health problems as they arise. This isn’t just good for your health, it’s good for your wallet: preventive dentistry is less expensive than restorative dentistry, and it can reduce your overall medical bills as well. We also know that many people avoid the dentist out of fear or discomfort and can help you overcome your anxiety to get needed dental care. If you are overdue for a routine dental cleaning or checkup in Orlando, please call (407) 834-6446 at our general dentistry office, in Altamonte Springs today for an appointment.

dreamstime_s_5931278General Dentistry Helps Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is making sure your mouth is clean. Cavities, chronic bad breath and gum disease are caused by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria form colonies that we call plaque to protect themselves from your body’s natural defenses. These colonies attack your teeth and gums, resulting in cavities and gum disease. Cleaning your mouth regularly and thoroughly helps reduce or prevent damage. Oral hygiene consists of two important parts: your daily routine at home and regular visits to a dentist. Your daily hygiene routine is essential for cleaning away plaque before it has a chance to do damage. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Avoid brushing too aggressively, as this can also damage your gums. Flossing your teeth helps remove plaque that develops between your teeth and along the gumline. You should floss every day to prevent cavities and protect against gum disease. Even if your brush and floss thoroughly, you likely won’t get all the plaque off your teeth. Residual plaque takes minerals from your saliva and hardens into tartar. Tartar is like an armored bunker for bacteria—it can’t be removed with brushing or flossing. But we can remove tartar to prevent bacterial from massing behind it to attack your teeth and gums.

Early Detection Saves Costs

During your dental visit we will also look for developing damage to your teeth. The sooner we detect tooth damage, the easier it is to correct. At the first signs of decay, we might just recommend changes to your oral hygiene routine. This can prevent further damage and allow your body’s natural processes—which are slow but effective—to restore damage. If it’s too late for that, we can use a small tooth-colored filling to restore damaged teeth, and hopefully avoid the need for a dental crown or root canal. And by preventing gum disease, your routine dental care can help reduce your medical costs overall.

Don’t Let Fear Keep You from the Dentist

If you have been avoiding routine dental care because of dental anxiety, we can help. Sedation dentistry helps you feel relaxed in the dental office. It turns dental visits into a pleasant, relaxed experience. Even the most anxious person can feel at ease in the dental chair, and with routine cleanings and checkups, you can avoid the procedures that make you nervous. If you would like to schedule your dental checkup and cleaning in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 or email or call Dr. Michael L. Weinstock at (407) 834-6446, in Altamonte Springs.