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Preventive Care

Preventive Care

Your Smile Deserves Appreciation

  • Want to see if you brush your teeth the same way a dentist does?
  • Do you want to learn more about preventing oral cancer?
  • Is it important to you to protect your family’s smiles?

If so, you’re in the right place. Welcome to Florida Smile Design!

If you have had rough or careless cleanings in the past, we know how difficult it can be to come in for a cleaning and exam. With our team, you will be in the most caring, gentle hands. Many of us on the team have had the same experience as kids and young adults.

Interestingly, those experiences are why many of us got into dentistry! We wanted to offer an experience to you and your children that is 100% comfortable, compassionate, and positive. We want to be partners with you on your oral health journey.

Ways we work together for better oral health

As a partner in your oral health, we want to be your trusted advisors in the process. We aren’t the kind of team that will nag about brushing and flossing. We simply want to provide you with all the information you need to make well-informed choices about your health. One of the most educated ways to keep your mouth and body healthy is through preventive care.

The goal is to be proactive and mitigate any kind of risk you may have for developing cavities, gum disease, or other progressive diseases. Prevention is always our first line of defense. We are proud to partner with you as we work toward great oral health together.

We work with patients to:

  • Develop a strong homecare routine
  • Purchase the best products for their specific needs
  • Provide education and modeling on proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • Explain the disease processes and what behaviors impact your risk
  • Have a regular re-care schedule to make sure we catch any irregularities early
  • Offer you the most minimally invasive and conservative treatment options first
Oral Hygiene

“The Best Offense is a Good Defense”

Brushing for two minutes at least two times a day means you’re spending just four minutes (add a minute or two if you’re flossing, we hope!) in a 24-hour period doing something great for yourself. That equates to 28 minutes per week, around 126 minutes per month (depending on how many days are in the month, of course), and approximately 1,334 minutes per year.

That sounds like a lot, right? There are 525,600 minutes in one year, though, and we promise those cumulative hours spent brushing and flossing are worth it! This habit can prevent deep staining and freshen your breath, but it also prevents tartar formation and development of infections.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Electric options can reduce 21% more plaque and 11% more gingivitis after three months of use.
  • Brush each section of your mouth in small, gentle, circular strokes, holding your brush at a 45-degree angle.
  • Floss daily, curving floss in a c-shape around each tooth—don’t snap it up and down, as this can damage your gums.
  • Rinse with water after eating to reduce acidity and plaque buildup.
  • Schedule regular cleanings with our gentle, friendly hygiene team for tartar removal and polishing that makes your smile shine.
Oral Cancer Screenings

Early Diagnosis can Double Your Chance of Survival

Oral cancer rates have been on the rise worldwide—it’s one of the deadliest forms of cancer due to its often late-stage diagnosis. The usual increased risk factors of excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco usage have been surpassed by human papillomavirus (HPV) in recent years.

We visually examine each surface of your mouth, palpate your neck to feel for any abnormal swelling, and snap photos with our intraoral camera to create an accurate record of your mouth that will clue us into any changes early. You deserve peace of mind and thorough care.

Signs & Symptoms*

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Chronic sore throat, cough, and change in voice
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Persistent sores
  • Frequent ear pain

*Symptoms can be found or felt on lips, cheeks, tongue, throat, or any surface of the mouth.

Mouthguards & Nightguards

Protect Your Teeth from Injury & Wear

If you or anyone in your family plays contact sports, you probably already know (or may be required) to wear a mouthguard. If you haven’t heard the statistic that 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related, you might feel more motivation to protect your smile with one. Our mouthguards are custom-designed to fit your mouth and are constructed of durable, comfortable materials to provide more protection than generic versions available in stores.

If you find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, you might also find yourself with frequent headaches, migraines, sore facial muscles, and worn enamel. You might even be doing these things in your sleep, which puts a lot of pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Wearing a custom-fit nightguard can prevent nighttime gnashing that results in pain and the need for dental restorations down the road.

Mouthguards Infographic

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Artwork by Gunilla Imshaug

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