Preventive Dentistry – Crystal River, FL
Gentle Care for Spectacular Smiles
In addition to brushing and flossing every day at home, patients of all ages should also attend at least two dental checkups and cleanings each year if they want to stay cavity and gum disease-free. These gentle appointments enable our team to treat small issues early so they won’t cause bigger headaches down the line, and you can trust that our team will do everything possible to ensure you’re comfortable from check-in to checkout. To schedule your next preventive appointment and safeguard your smile, contact Signature Dental Care today.
Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Preventive Dentistry?
- Dentist with More than 30 Years of Experience
- Patient Comfort Always Comes First
- No Wait Time Ever!
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
When you come in for a dental checkup and cleaning, Dr. Lisa Schnell won’t just examine your teeth, but your gums and bite as well. By looking at every aspect of your oral health, she can identify any potential issues right away so she can take care of them nice and fast. A professional cleaning will also remove the root cause of cavities and gum disease from your teeth—bacteria-filled plaque and tartar—so you’ll leave our office with a smile that’s both healthy and as smooth as porcelain!
Fluoride is nature’s gift to your smile. When this mineral comes in contact with enamel, it actually fortifies it and makes it more resistant to decay. This is why you’ll see it added to toothpaste and tap water more often than not. We also use fluoride every day in our office by applying it topically to tooth enamel. That’s all it takes to boost a patient’s cavity protection so they can stay healthy between appointments.
Oral Cancer Screening
About 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each and every year, and sadly, roughly half will not survive more than five years because the disease wasn’t caught until it became quite advanced. Early detection and treatment are absolutely essential to overcoming this disease, which is why we perform an oral cancer screening at every checkup. We’ll keep an eye out for any suspicious sores or growths in your mouth, and if we find anything, we can quickly refer you to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. That way, if treatment is needed, it can be started without delay.
Nightguards for Bruxism
People respond to daily stress in a wide variety of ways. Some chew on their fingernails bounce their feet, while others end up unconsciously clenching and grinding their teeth while they sleep. This is called bruxism, and it can easily wear down and even damage the teeth if left untreated. For patients dealing with this problem, Dr. Schnell can give them a custom-made nightguard. This small oral appliance is only worn to bed, and it fits over the teeth to separate them and keep them safe during the night.
The back teeth are usually the first place people develop cavities because they are the most difficult to brush. Plus, their rough and uneven surfaces easily trap plaque and food particles. Fortunately, we can give them some extra protection with dental sealants. We simply apply a thin layer of a clear, plastic-based material directly over the enamel, effectively sealing it off from any bacteria or food particles that could lead to decay. Sealants only take a few minutes to place, but after that, they can be trusted to last for about 10 years.
At Signature Dental Care, we want to make it as convenient as possible for local families to take care of their teeth, which is why we’re happy to see Mom, Dad, and even the kids all under one roof! When you bring your child to come see us, our team will treat them like one of our own to ensure they enjoy stress-free visits. We’ll proactively work to keep them protected from cavities and guide their oral development so they’ll enjoy a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles.
At-Home Hygiene Products
Are you using the right toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash for your particular smile? Our team can help you find the best oral healthcare products to use at home so you always get the most out of your daily routine. Feel free to ask us for recommendations at your next hygiene appointment, and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. We can even provide you with a few products that you won’t be able to find on store shelves!