Your dental health is important, and our patients’ safety is our top priority. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and all CDC guidelines very closely.
If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist, our team at Towncare Dental of Boca Raton is ready to help.
Your dental health impacts all aspects of your life: how you feel physically, how you eat, even the way you socialize. Our goal is to help you resolve any dental problems that may affect your quality of life. It’s never too late to improve your dental health. No matter what condition your teeth are in, we are eager to help you get your smile back on track.
During your first dental exam at Towncare Dental of Boca Raton, your dentist will look for signs of:
- Tooth decay
- Teeth grinding
- Bone loss
- Oral cancer
- Periodontal (gum) disease
Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible no matter what problems you may be experiencing. Many of our patients have been coming to us for years because they trust us to keep their mouth, teeth and gums healthy. We look forward to building that same relationship based on trust with you.
Teeth Cleaning in Boca Raton
Most people call our dental office when it’s time to have their teeth cleaned. It’s one of the few dental procedures people actually enjoy. But professional cleanings serve an important role in your dental health. They remove the plaque and calculus that promote tooth decay and cause cavities.
Plaque is a colorless coating of bacteria that adheres to your teeth every time you eat or drink. The bacteria in plaque convert the sugars in food and beverages into acids that erode the tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. This results in cavities, which are literally holes in the enamel of your teeth.
This is the reason dentists stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal. In less than 24 hours, the plaque on your teeth will harden into a substance called calculus, also known as tartar. Even the most rigorous at-home dental care can’t eliminate all of the plaque and calculus on your teeth. Only a professional teeth cleaning can remove all the plaque and calculus.
A basic professional cleaning to remove plaque, calculus and surface stains from teeth is called a prophylaxis or “prophy.” Also known as a healthy-mouth cleaning, dentists recommend that patients have a professional cleaning twice a year. This type of cleaning is most often covered by dental insurance.
Cleaning Teeth Below the Gum Line
Unfortunately, the bacteria found in plaque and calculus doesn’t always remain on the surface of your teeth. It can migrate to the parts of the teeth below the gum, causing a chronic infection of the gum that can result in tooth loss.
This infection is known as periodontal, or gum, disease. It affects half of Americans over the age of 30 and 70 percent over the age of 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The first indication of a gum infection is usually red and puffy gums or gums that bleed after brushing and flossing. At this early stage, the disease is called gingivitis. This is the only stage at which the disease can be cured and the damage reversed. Gingivitis therapy includes treatments to remove the bacteria just below the gum line to halt the progress of the disease.
As gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease, people may notice bad breath, a receding gum line and teeth shifting out of position.
Just as the bacteria in the mouth breaks down sugar to create acids that attack the enamel, bacteria can also attack the ligaments, tissue and bone that hold teeth in place under the gums. This results in the gum tissue pulling away from the tooth, creating “pockets” around the tooth where more bacteria can gather. Eventually, the tooth will loosen and fall out. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
People who are diagnosed with an active gum infection (periodontal disease) need treatment both above and below the gum line to remove the harmful bacteria. Scaling & root planing (SRP) is a non-surgical treatment that removes bacteria and smooths out exposed root surfaces. An antibiotic may be applied to the gums as well. Depending on the stage of the disease, SRP may take more than one office visit to complete. After the treatments, our dentist may prescribe a periodontal maintenance routine, including more frequent cleanings, to help manage the disease.
In more advanced cases of periodontal disease, our dentist may recommend you see a gum specialist, called a periodontist.
Bad Breath Management
If you find yourself constantly using breath mints and avoiding intimate conversations, you aren’t alone. About 25 percent of the U.S. population suffers from halitosis, the medical term for bad breath.
While bad breath can be related to the garlic or onions you ate for lunch, it’s more likely caused by bacteria on your teeth and beneath the gums. When bacteria cause dental decay, the damaged cells release an unpleasant odor. Fortunately, professional teeth cleanings and gum treatment can address these issues. You can also keep bad breath under control by brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing with a mouthwash after meals.
Oral Cancer Screening
As part of your first visit to our office, we will offer an oral cancer screening. This quick, easy and painless test allows the dentist to detect signs of oral cancer that are not visible to the naked eye.
Oral cancer can be particularly dangerous because it often has no symptoms in its early stages. We recommend everyone over the age of 18 gets screened. Early detection saves lives.
By the time symptoms of oral cancer appear, the disease is frequently in its later stages and has metastasized to another location. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of more commonly known cancers such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular cancer and thyroid cancer.
Teeth Grinding & Night Guards
If you frequently wake up in the morning with headaches or a sore jar, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a common condition that affects up to 40 million Americans. If it’s severe enough, it can wear down the enamel of your teeth. Signs include:
- Morning headaches
- Waking with a sore jaw
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
Teeth grinding is often caused by stress. However, it can also be the result of crooked teeth or a “bad bite.” Our dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Since it’s worn at night, this type of mouth guard is also called a night guard.
Call Today to Schedule a Dental Exam
Call Towncare Dental of Boca Raton today at (561) 430-2078 for a convenient day and time for you or a family member to come in for a comprehensive dental exam. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get your smile back on track.