For whatever reason, you have not visited your Orlando dentist for quite a while. Family dentists, such as Dr. Zyad Maali, recommend 6-month exams and cleanings. Without them, your mouth exhibits telltale signs of neglect. What are those signs, and what can be done about them?
HOME HYGIENE IS NOT ENOUGH
Are you a regular brusher and flosser? If you are, you line up with the American Dental Association’s recommendation to brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and to floss daily. Both practices prevent gum disease and tooth decay by removing the sticky plaque and hard tartar that builds up from the foods and beverages we consume. This biofilm, as dentists call it, contains toxic bacteria which lead to oral health problems.
Top dentists, such as Dr. Ziyad Maali of Sand Lake Dental, agree that at-home hygiene is important and so are in-office checkups and hygienic cleanings. These practices remove hidden biofilm and also check for:
- Gum Disease
- Tooth alignment and development
- TMJ dysfunction
- Tooth-grinding or bruxism
- Proper bite
- Oral cancer
- The condition of existing restorations such as fillings and dental crowns
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T GO TO THE DENTIST
Both you and your Orlando dentist can tell when care has been infrequent. These signs become very obvious:
- Bad breath
- Lost or deteriorating restorations
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Stained tooth enamel
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Pain and bad taste due to dental abscess (infection)
- Biofilm accumulation
- Gum and bone recession
- Tooth drift and loosening
- Partial and full dentures that no longer fit properly
- Development of systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta state that school and work absences are often related to dental emergencies because patients have so neglected their dental care that they are in severe pain. The organization also says that States with the least compliance with dental routines have the largest incidence of tooth loss.
WHY DO PEOPLE AVOID THE DENTIST
Many times, people are simply afraid. Perhaps they had past bad experiences, are claustrophobic or cannot sit still in the dental chair. Other individuals may be very embarrassed about the condition of their teeth. Still, others may have no dental insurance and believe they can’t get the care they need and deserve. So, the condition of their teeth and gums worsens.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The first step is to contact Dr. Ziyad Maali. Dr. Maali and his team are fully qualified to precisely and compassionately help you get your oral health on track. With gentle exams and cleanings, plus the latest in diagnostics and treatments, you can count on Sand Lake Dental to return your best smile.
For new patients, Dr. Maali offers a $49 dental exam special. It’s a great way to get acquainted and to see exactly what services you require. He also offers the CareCredit financing option and a special in-house dental discount plan. There are many ways to get you and your family essential dental treatments!
Don’t delay. Contact Sand Lake Dental today, and speak to a friendly team member. Get your appointment, and be on the road to great, healthy smiles!