Preventive Dentistry in Coral Springs, FL
An ounce of prevention -- you know what it’s worth. At Coral Springs Dentistry, we value a truly preventive approach to your dental care. That’s why we stress the importance of six-month visits even when you think you don’t need one. Too many adults wait until they already have pain or oral problem to visit the dentist, but by that time, comfortable, conservative care often just isn’t possible. Even if you feel confident your mouth is problem-free, make sure you’re visiting us twice annually for optimal oral health.
When you come in for your regular checkup and cleaning, you can expect the visit to take about an hour. That’s right -- just 60 minutes, twice a month can ensure your mouth is healthy and strong for a lifetime of happy smiles. Here’s what you can expect from a hygiene appointment.
First, one of our experienced hygienists will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, a crucial step for preventing decay and infection. Plaque is the sticky, clear substance that’s constantly forming in your mouth, and when it’s not fully removed with excellent brushing and flossing, it turns into the hard, yellow stuff we call tartar -- the main source of cavities and gum infections.
Once your teeth are clean and sparkling, we’ll inspect your gums for periodontitis. Adults over the age of 35 are at a higher risk for the condition that affects the majority of Americans. If you experience symptoms of the condition, you, your dentist and hygienist will thoroughly discuss your oral health and make a recommendation for treatment to return your gums to their optimum health.
We can also perform an oral cancer screening. It’s probably not something you think about very often, but the condition is linked to a high rate of mortality in our country -- largely due to a lack of awareness. But with regular screenings, we can spot the warning signs of oral cancer and help you receive a diagnosis and successful treatment early.
When was your last dental checkup and cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, or if you can’t even remember the last time you settled into the dental chair, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to request your visit for preventive attention. We offer extended hours to accommodate even the busiest schedules, meaning you can always access the comprehensive dental care you truly deserve. Dr. Kulick, Dr. Cohen, Dr. Ghodsi and Dr. Modarres are passionate about providing wonderful dentistry for Coral Springs, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Margate, Tamarac and Deerfield Beach. Contact us today!
Check-Ups and Cleanings
When you stay on top of your six-month checkups and cleanings at Coral Springs Dentistry, you’re doing more than visiting a team of friendly faces twice a year. You’re giving a team of professionals the opportunity to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and strong -- preventing far more serious problems later on. Maintaining regular dental hygiene, like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months, is the number one way to make sure you’re able to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
At your regular appointment, we’ll check your mouth for the small but significant warning signs of potentially serious conditions -- like periodontal disease, oral cancer, tooth decay and worn dental work. Most of these issues are easily resolved when caught in their earliest stages, but can often result in uncomfortable symptoms and time-consuming treatments when ignored for too long.
Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice annually are all wonderful ways to prevent tooth decay, but we’ve got one additional tool to help shield your teeth from the bacteria and acids that put your molars at risk of cavities. Dental sealants are thin, clear protective coverings that are painted directly onto the surface of back molars. Good for smiles of all ages, dental sealants effectively “seal out” problem-causing bacteria.
The treatment for dental sealants is quick and painless -- and it can protect your back molars from major decay for years to come. To apply a sealant to your molar, we’ll first make sure your teeth are completely cavity-free. Then we’ll prepare your teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. Once your tooth is clean and dry, we’ll paint the material directly onto the chewing surface of your tooth and harden it with a concentrated light.
After your sealants are complete, you’ll enjoy teeth that can remain strong and protected from decay. We’ll check in on each sealant in your coming visits -- and should they wear or break, repair for sealants is as simple as the original treatment. While anyone can benefit from added protection against cavities, dental sealants are good for young children who are especially prone to decay. Call us to ask about the treatment for you and your family today!
To keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, schedule a dental appointment to make sure you’re getting adequate exposure to fluoride. It’s an important mineral for strengthening tooth enamel against decay because it attracts good minerals and repels the things you don’t want hanging around on your teeth, like acids and bacteria. Children and adults alike benefit from regular exposure to fluoride.
Although most cities throughout the United States have added fluoride to their water sources, many people opt for bottled water -- but that greatly reduces exposure to the wonderful, tooth-strengthening benefits of fluoride. If you prefer to drink bottled water over tap, make sure you choose a toothpaste that’s approved by the American Dental Association, as these formulas are guaranteed to contain the mineral.
Fluoride is a crucial step for healthy teeth, but you should never add a supplement without obtaining a professional opinion first. We can evaluate your need for fluoride at your twice-annual checkup and cleaning, and make a recommendation if we believe you could use more for healthier teeth. Fluoride mouth rinse is one good option for added exposure when combined with fluoridated toothpaste.
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™
The team at Coral Springs Dentistry is proud to be an authorized provider of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™. We can help athletes of all ages with a custom-fit mouth guard to increase safety and improve performance on the field, court, track, green… the applications are endless. It’s Under Armour’s newest line of protective mouthwear, and we’re encouraged by the possibilities it offers Coral Springs and area athletes.
The Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ can improve an athlete’s strength and increase reaction time -- but how? It’s powered by ArmourBite™ to relieve pressure on the TMJ, or the jaw joint, to prevent the area from producing too many stress hormones in reaction to the stimulation of the game. That means less of your energy is spent protecting your jaw, and more is available for you to play your very best.
Collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes alike benefit from this same technology to enhance their performance while protecting their smiles from stress and damage. So whether you’re an adult athlete caring for your own teeth or caring for a young athlete’s smile, you can find the protection you desire with a custom-fit Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ mouthguard. The process for a custom device is completely painless and only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
It may seem early, but it’s recommended that your child have his or her first dental appointment around the time the first tooth erupts. It’s so tiny and white, but it’s just as vulnerable to decay as your teeth -- so don’t delay in scheduling your child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist. We can recommend an excellent local dental team for your little one’s first few years.
Once your child reaches adolescence, he or she will benefit from excellent dental care with either Dr. Cohen or Dr. Ghodsi. It’s recommended that patients of all ages receive two checkups and cleanings every year, although additional visits to the dentist may be recommended during orthodontic treatment.
Regular visits to the dentist are highly important during childhood, as little ones are just learning the basics of oral hygiene. We can check for decay and help your child with tips for excellent brushing and flossing techniques. If you model good behavior by encouraging your child to brush for two minutes, twice a day, floss daily and visit the dentist regularly, good oral hygiene will become a habit -- and your little one will enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth.