Preventive Dentistry in North Tampa, FL

Parents and child brushing their teethAt North Tampa Dentistry, we stress the importance of preventive dental care. Preventive dentistry helps patients near Tampa avoid tooth emergencies, cavities, and dental infections

And diligent at-home oral care like daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are the first steps to keep you and your family cavity-free.

Additionally, regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings at North Tampa Dentistry help lower your risks for severe oral health complications and promote better overall wellness.

Dr. Roberto Bellegarrigue and his entire dental staff always encourage these preventive practices via professional cleanings to help you avoid dental problems!

Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Maintaining your oral health is crucial, but for more reasons than you may think. Research has shown that oral health is linked to your general well-being. For example, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disease, strokes, complications during pregnancy, and low birth weight deliveries may, in some cases, be tied to oral infections. 

Teeth Cleanings to Remove Plaque and Tartar

We typically recommend regular dental checkups for patients with perfect oral health every six months. These appointments allow Dr. Bellegarrigue to monitor dental conditions like cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Other patients may need to arrange dental visits as often as three or four times a year to monitor ongoing gum disease. 

Dr. Bellagarrigue will perform a comprehensive dental evaluation on all your teeth and oral structures, check your gum health, and note any areas of concern. Since many other issues can have a significant impact on your oral health, every dental checkup includes:

  • Oral cancer screening
  • Jaw health screening for TMJ
  • Comprehensive exam
  • X-rays when needed

Based on exam findings, your dentist will create a treatment plan. For example, if you have a cavity, the plan may include placing a tooth filling.  

Dental Cleanings in Tampa

Some of our patients ask why professional teeth cleanings are necessary despite daily at-home maintenance. While brushing and flossing can prevent many oral problems, some spaces between teeth and below the gum line are hard to reach without special instruments.

Over time, plaque builds up and can only be removed by a dental hygienist. A professional teeth cleaning removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar, essential for excellent gum health.

Your Tampa dental hygienist uses specialized dental instruments to reach spaces that your toothbrush and floss cannot. These instruments are ideal for removing plaque and other cavity-causing debris. 

If Dr. Bellegarrigue observes gum disease, he will plan treatment to reduce dental infections. He may also recommend frequent dental cleanings and exams to keep your gum disease under control.

Our highly skilled dental hygienist or dentist is always happy to answer questions regarding oral hygiene, including at-home tips. We want our patients to be educated about their dental health and arm them with information and tools to ensure success. 

Preventative Dental Procedures

At North Tampa Dentistry, we offer the following dental procedures to maintain the health of your smile:

If you don’t have insurance, we offer a Discount Dental Plan that includes a comprehensive examination with our dentist, routine dental x-rays, and treatment discussions. Please call our North Tampa dental office to learn more or sign up for our dental savings plan.

Book Your Next Teeth Cleaning at North Tampa Dentistry

Healthy teeth don’t happen without effort; they start with routine dental checkups and exams at North Tampa Dentistry. 

Call our office today at (813) 968-5368 to schedule your next dental checkup, even if it’s been a while since your last teeth cleaning. 

North Tampa Dentistry happily serves patients near Tampa, Lake Magdalene, Hamlet, Brentwood, Carrollwood, and Lutz areas.