Longboat Key, Florida Cleaning & Exams

Dentists encourage periodic dental cleanings and examinations, because proper oral hygiene and regular professional dental care are the keys to proper function, comfort and a pleasing smile.

The word “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal diseases are bacterial infections that destroy gums and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Accute periodontal infections are a direct contributor to both Heart Disease and Diabetis. They can promote the onset and act as a deterent during the treatment of both diseases.

Periodontal diseases are most often caused by bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that is constantly forming on teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it turns into a hard substance called calculus in less than two days. As a result, gums begin to separate microscopically from the teeth and form pockets that become filled with even more plaque, causing more infection.

While thorough brushing and root cleaning can help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque, regular dental examinations and cleanings are vital to detecting changes in your periodontal health. A dental cleaning will remove hardened calculus from places your toothbrush or root cleaning devices cannot reach. That is why cleanings are recommended twice a year for people with good periodontal health and more frequently for patients with moderate and severe periodontal conditions.

If you have unanswered questions relating to your dental health needs, please call our office for a complimentary phone consultation or to schedule a complimentary office consultation. 941-383-6400

Longboat Key Dental
Dr. Michael O'Neil, D.D.S.
595 Bay Isles Road, Suite 110
Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-6400 | LBKDental@hotmail.com