The basis of committing to a lifetime of oral health is by scheduling and attending routine dental appointments. Frequent checkups and cleanings give us an opportunity to monitor your oral health closely. If we notice changes in symptoms or if diagnostics reveal an abnormality, we can develop a custom treatment plan to address problems with as conservative of treatment as possible.
Many people are surprised to learn how thorough an oral examination is. During checkups, patients will be screened for issues like cavities, gum disease, orthodontic and occlusal issues, and oral cancer. Cleanings, like checkups, are necessary for promoting optimal oral health. Even if a person conducts perfect oral hygiene, cleanings are still necessary. The dental instruments used in a cleaning provide a far more meticulous clean than one can achieve through brushing or flossing alone. Moreover, cleanings remove tartar accumulation - a leading contributor to the development of periodontal (gum) disease.
Preventive treatments are a great way to ward off common oral disease - especially tooth decay. Our practice can administer fluoride treatments or place dental sealants to increase a tooth’s resistance to enamel damage and cavity-causing bacteria. These treatments are non-invasive and cost-effective.
Most of us invest a significant amount of time and energy into retaining our natural teeth for as long as possible. Daily brushing, flossing and regularly visiting our dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings all go a long way towards keeping our teeth healthy and functioning as they should. Nevertheless, tooth loss is an extremely common issue. More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth at all and this number is expected to increase over the coming decade.
Living without teeth can be frustrating and difficult. Not only are you forced to deal with the effects that tooth loss has on your appearance – with many patients with missing teeth feeling extremely self-conscious and experiencing social anxiety as a result of their lack of a complete smile – but they may also find their ability to eat and even speak compromised. Fortunately, there is a solution that can restore the look and function of your teeth. If you are missing three or more teeth in either your upper or lower arch, you may be recommended to consider a denture-based solution. There are now two types of dentures to choose from – conventional or implant-supported. Our experience and knowledgeable dental team, based at our offices in Clearwater, FL will be happy to discuss both options with you and help you decide which is right for you.
Life is unpredictable and when emergencies arise, it is important to know where to turn. Dr. Holloman and our team offer same-day and next-day care for emergency issues like toothaches, abscesses, and facial injuries that dislodge or knock out teeth. We strive to help all our guests suffering from emergencies with comfortable and compassionate care.
Schedule your appointment with highly-experienced dentist Dr. Andrew Holloman at the Clearwater, Florida office today. You can reach an experienced staff member by calling: 727-245-0027.
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The reason for going to the dentist regularly is important so that your dentist may detect cavities or tooth decay in its early stage.
At Andrew J. Holloman, DDS & Associates, we recommend that you visit and have a regular dental checkup every six months. For those with dental issues, rule of thumb is every 3-4 months.
Dental X-Rays are a must because it’s a great diagnostic tool that can help your dentist see any damage or disease that is not visible to the naked eye.
Flossing contributes to good dental hygiene. It is an excellent way to clean your teeth, remove dental plaque, and prevent cavities together with brushing your teeth.
Good oral and dental hygiene can help you avoid cavities and tooth decay. Here are some tips which can help you prevent them:
✓ Ask about antibacterial treatments
✓ Avoid frequent snacking and sipping
✓ Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking
✓ Consider dental sealants
✓ Consider fluoride treatments
✓ Eat tooth-healthy foods
✓ Rinse your mouth with mouthwash
✓ Visit Andrew J. Holloman, DDS & Associates regularly
Fluoride is an important part to include in your oral and dental health as it prevents cavities and strengthens enamel.
We recommend you to brush your teeth twice a day for about 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day before or after you brush.
It is only reversible when it affects the enamel of the tooth. Once decay progresses, it is physically impossible to reverse a tooth decay. It’s important to have your dentist spot the decay in its very early stages to avoid the drill.
Yes, you should plan to have your tooth repaired especially if it’s chipped. A chipped tooth equals a significant loss of tooth structure and can contribute to new chips in the future.
Patients have to visit their dentists for all sorts of reasons. Here are common procedures done by a general dentist:
✓ Root Canal
✓ Teeth cleanings
✓ Teeth whitening