Oral Hygiene & General Dentistry In Stuart, FL

Maintain a Healthy Smile 

Though often overlooked, routine dental cleanings and exams are arguably the most essential component of a healthy smile. These visits allow Dr. Burke and our team a chance to remove harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums so your smile can stay healthy and beautiful. 

Explore our guide to learn more about the benefits of dental checkups, as well as our other oral hygiene and general dentistry services. 

Dental Cleanings 

It’s crucial to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. But even if you take excellent care of your teeth at home, plaque and tartar can build up in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach. Over time, this can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. 

That’s why it’s important to visit our practice for dental cleanings. Our experienced hygienists will use specialized dental tools to rid your mouth of bacteria and polish your teeth, leaving you with a fresh and sparkling smile. 

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

Typically, we recommend that patients schedule a dental cleaning every six months. However, if you’re prone to cavities or oral infections, Dr. Burke may recommend that you come in more often. Rest assured, we’ll find a schedule that works for you while prioritizing the health of your smile. 

Exams & X-rays 

In addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth, we’ll also take x-rays and perform a dental exam. In the interest of your health and safety, we use hand-held x-rays at our practice that reduce radiation exposure. These allow us to detect issues that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity, and provide treatment before the problem becomes severe. 

Dr. Burke will also visually examine your teeth, gums, and jaw in detail. By undergoing exams at least twice a year, you can significantly reduce your risk of undetected dental issues. Catching any problems early on can also help you save time and money down the line. 

cup of toothbrushes tipped over with dental tools in the foreground

Oral Cancer Screenings 

Oral cancer is a deadly disease that kills over 10,000 Americans every year. One of the biggest issues with this disease is that it can be hard to detect until it’s already widespread, at which point it may be too late to avoid severe health consequences. 

That’s why Dr. Burke and our team include an oral cancer screening as part of your routine dental checkup. The screening consists of a physical and visual examination of the tissues in your mouth and neck. If we detect anything abnormal, we’ll refer you to a specialist so you can get help immediately. 

The odds of overcoming oral cancer significantly increase with early intervention. By undergoing a screening every six months, you can stay ahead of this disease and feel confident in your oral health. 

Periodontal Care 

Your teeth aren’t the only thing we look at during dental checkups — Dr. Burke and our team will examine your gums as well. Gum disease can develop quickly and may not cause noticeable symptoms at first, allowing it to spread undetected. Without treatment, the infection can develop into periodontitis and result in tooth loss. 

Thankfully, we offer multiple options for treating gum disease at Fresh Family Dental. In addition to deep cleanings, we feature an advanced soft-tissue laser that removes infected gum tissue while leaving your healthy tissue intact. Best of all, the procedure doesn’t require any stitches or bleeding so you won’t have to worry about a long recovery. 

How do I know if I have gum disease?

How do I know if I have gum disease?

In its early stages, gum disease may not cause any pain or other noticeable symptoms. That’s why it’s crucial to monitor your gums on a regular basis. If you notice that the tissue is starting to appear red and inflamed, or if you bleed when you brush your teeth, this may be an indication of gum disease. 

When caught early on, gum disease is relatively easy to reverse. However, allowing the infection to spread without treatment can cause severe pain, tooth loss, and more. If you have any doubts about the health of your gums, don’t hesitate to contact us — it’s better to be safe than sorry.