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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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At North Tampa Dentistry, our goal is to engage our patients to be active in their oral healthcare—starting with preventive procedures like routine dental checkups and exams so that we can identify and diagnose dental issues before they become serious.

Dr. Bellegarrigue and our entire dental team believe that patient education is critical in keeping your smile healthy. We will always take the time to answer any questions or concerns and are happy to further patient interest in oral health. Patients who are engaged in their dental health are more likely to be invested in routine care. 

Many of the questions we frequently hear are listed below, but we know patients may have further questions. If so, please don't hesitate to contact us at  (813) 968-5368 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

General Dentistry

Keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily is essential for long-term oral health. Our Tampa patients are often surprised to hear that it's important to wait an hour after your meal to brush your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or acidic foods. The fact is that during this brief period, your enamel is temporarily weakened, and brushing your teeth can cause harm.

Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth

It's absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments. Water is excellent for your oral health, and keeping hydrated is essential for your general health. 

The only thing that your dentist at North Tampa Dentistry may not recommend is rinsing your teeth directly after a meal or brushing your teeth. 

Rinsing Your Teeth With Water

Patients might be tempted to rinse with water after they brush with teeth, which we don't recommend if you use fluoridated toothpaste— rinsing can wash away the fluoride that strengthens your enamel. It's good to let the fluoridated toothpaste set in your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with water. While rinsing doesn't harm you, it does prevent the toothpaste from working to its best ability. 

Your oral health can be complex. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, yet it can be extremely weakened in certain situations. Making sure to wait at least 30 minutes before or after eating to brush your teeth and waiting a few minutes after brushing to rinse with water can protect your enamel from being exposed to potential issues. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a dentist appointment in Tampa, contact our office.

Yes! We offer regular dental cleanings and exams!

Many of our North Tampa patients consider us a traditional general dental office that offers routine dental cleanings and examinations with x-rays and digital imaging.

In fact, regular dental check-ups and exams are a big part of what we do; Dr. Bellegarrigue is trained to care for his patients completely. If your dentist finds any oral health abnormalities during your check-up, we can provide comprehensive dental services to help treat oral issues.

Dental Services we offer

Since we provide multiple dental procedures, our patients won't have to seek out different dental specialists to fix a dental issue. We don't want to make maintaining your oral health more difficult or time-consuming than it should be; in fact, all of our services are offered in-house so patients can be fully treated in one location.

Dr. Bellegarrigue has been providing excellent dental services since 2000 and has had many glowing testimonials, just check out our patient reviews! We love treating your family and friends, so let your favorite people know about us. 

Our services are predictable and reliable, and we take pride in our work. We believe in honesty and integrity; we will never recommend a treatment if it is unnecessary or try to upsell a fad. We believe in being truthful about what will work for patients, and what won't. Since we are an authentic private practice and not a corporate chain of offices, we preserve a strong doctor-patient bond that is built on trust, honesty, and respect. 

North Tampa Dentistry is always welcoming new patients

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment! You can do so online or call our office at (813) 968-5368.

Frequent dental check-ups and examinations are vital to maintaining your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing at home in-between dental visits are just as crucial in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with proper and diligent oral care, some patients can still get gum disease—without even knowing it. Gum disease is often asymptotic, meaning that symptoms are mild or non-existent. 

Checking for gum disease

The only way North Tampa patients can truly know if they have gum disease is after Dr. Bellegarrigue has examined their teeth and gums for signs of infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. 

While gum disease may not be apparent to Carrollwood, FL patients, there are a few signs that can indicate infection, such as:

  • Longer-looking teeth due to receding gumswoman concerned sitting in a dental chair
  • Bleeding or swollen gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Constant bad breath even after brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

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If you notice any of these signs, call North Tampa Dentistry immediately. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and monitored. Left untreated, gum disease will require dental intervention and even surgery.

It's easy to prevent catching gum disease with regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If it's been a while since your last dental visit, give us a call today to visit Dr. Bellegarrigue at our 33618 dental office. Together, we can get your oral health back on track and keep it there.

Your dental health directly can affect your overall health. The most common connection is untreated Periodontal disease with cardiovascular disease. Gum disease and heart health go hand-in-hand for some people.

Dental Sealants typically last from childhood, through teenage and into early adulthood before they wear out and disappear. They are not meant to last forever, just long enough to help prevent cavities during the most prone years.

Brushing and flossing your teeth is an essential part of prevention, including regular dental exams and teeth cleanings in our Tampa dental office. 

Preventive dentistry and an excellent at-home routine are crucial to long-term oral health. And it is always a partnership between patients and dental professionals. 

Dr. Belle recommends the following: 

  • Visit your dentist twice yearly for exams and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss at least twice daily and always before bed.
  • Reduce sugary and acidic foods and drinks. 
  • Contact your dentist if you have concerns between office visits.

Prevention keeps you smiling comfortably for life by reducing your risks for preventable conditions. And good oral hygiene in conjunction can save you time and money in the long run. 

However, the way you clean your teeth is also important. You should spend time on every surface and use a clean strip of floss every time you move on to the next tooth. It's also important to be gentle. You should never force your floss. Instead, move against the natural curves of your teeth to the gumline. 

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If you have questions about best practices, or if you're ready to schedule a checkup, give us a call today. 

6 months is the average answer. Some patients need to be seen every 3 months. The reason is that most dental issues can be found and treated in a more minimal fashion as compared to longer periods where problems can grow and require more involve treatments.

Yes! In fact, brushing three times a day is highly recommended. According to the American Dental Association, you should clean your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. There are a few tips we can provide on when the best time to brush is, and for how long you should brush.

The Best Time to Brush Your Teeth

At North Tampa Dentistry, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal to remove any bacteria that might be growing. Don't brush right away, however, especially if you've had an acidic meal or anything with citrus. The acids can weaken your enamel, which can be damaged if you brush your teeth soon after eating. It's good to wait an hour after eating before you practice good oral hygiene.

Brush Your Teeth After Breakfast

When you wake up in the morning, you more than likely have dragon breath—morning breath can be pretty vicious. Your North Tampa dentist recommends brushing your teeth before you eat breakfast instead of after. 

Oral Hygiene After Lunch

If you like to have fresh breath throughout the day, or if you're worried about plaque build-up, brushing after a meal is a great idea. It's essential to make sure you're brushing your teeth for two minutes. Many people tend to do a quick brush as they're rushing out the door, but a quick swipe with your brush won't be effective in preventing tooth decay or gum disease. You must take the time to clean all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. 

Nightly Dental Routine

Over a long day, you more than likely picked up some food particles from meals and snacks that are just hanging out on your teeth. If you don't remove the bacteria, it can start to break down your enamel. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed is also essential for protecting your teeth and smile. Doing so allows you to go to bed with a clean and bacteria-free mouth, and you'll get to enjoy fresh breath. 

It's not a bad idea to brush your teeth three times a day, but make sure you wait some time after your last meal. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a Dentist appointment in North Tampa, contact our office.

At North Tampa Dentistry, Dr. Belle's goal is to achieve and maintain healthy smiles for our patients. This is why we emphasize preventive dentistry. Our preventive dentistry lowers your risks for preventable oral health conditions, including tooth cavities. 

Preventive dentistry may include the following:

  • Dental exams
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Diagnostic x-rays

Dental sealants are thin layers of white resin filling material bonded over the chewing surfaces of molars. They are generally done on children to prevent cavities during the cavity-prone younger years on adult teeth. They don’t last forever, but that’s ok; they don’t have to. This barrier between your enamel and your teeth is usually recommended if your child (or you) are susceptible to cavities. 

Cavities are areas of decay on teeth that require intervention from your Tampa dentist. We gently numb the location, clear away the infection, and provided a filling. While these fillings are durable and aesthetically-pleasing, we'd prefer that you have no cavities at all. 

Contact Our Tampa Dental Office Today

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants in Tampa, FL, or if you'd like to schedule your next exam and teeth cleaning, reach out to a team member to get started. 

Oral cancer screenings and routine examinations are essential aspects of the preventive dentistry we practice at our Tampa dental office. Dental exams allow Dr. Roberto Bellegarrigue, to monitor your oral health and identify any potential issues before they progress. 

Why Screen for Oral Cancer?

Many factors increase the risk of developing oral cancer, especially tobacco use. For those who use tobacco products, like cigarettes or chewing tobacco, it’s crucial you see a dentist regularly to make sure your mouth is cancer-free. 

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

During every examination, Dr. Belle screens all of his patients for oral cancer to ensure their mouths are healthy and disease-free. Dr. Belle looks for cell abnormalities, cancer, or precancerous conditions that affect the mouth’s soft tissues. These soft tissues include the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, palate, and throat. 

Dr. Belle also checks for lesions, lumps, sores, and white or red patches in the mouth. However, having one of these conditions doesn’t necessarily mean you have oral cancer. Only a dentist or medical professional can accurately diagnose and treat oral cancer.

If your dentist locates any abnormalities or areas of concern, he will refer you to a medical doctor who takes a biopsy and sends it to a medical laboratory for diagnosis. Your dentist will also want to see you for a follow-up visit to see if any changes have occurred and review the biopsy results when ready. 

Contact us today to schedule your routine dental examination.  

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