Preventive dentistry is foundational to the health of your teeth and gums, and can help you avoid cavities, gum disease, and enamel erosion. Biannual visits also enable your dentist to detect issues early on and perform the least invasive, and often, the least expensive treatment. For over three decades, Dr. Douglas Pohl has been providing quality preventive dentistry services to patients of all ages in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Dr. Pohl and his team of hygienists can clean your teeth, conduct a thorough oral cancer screening, and demonstrate the most effective oral hygiene techniques. Depending upon your needs, we can also apply sealants or fluoride treatment to protect the integrity of your smile.
Why Undergo a Preventive Exam?
According to the American Dental Association, patients of all ages should visit the dentist regularly, especially those who have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. In addition to protection from gum disease, preventive care can improve the likelihood of identifying conditions in their earliest and most treatable stages. Your dentist can detect signs of:
- Oral cancer
- Enamel wear
If caught early, Dr. Pohl may be able to address issues with less extensive and costly measures, saving you both time and money. He can also take the time to review your daily oral hygiene regimen to help you avoid dental infections or decay in the future.
While daily brushing and flossing are integral to your oral health, many patients find it challenging to successfully clean hard-to-reach areas. As a result, plaque and tartar can begin to accumulate, compromising the health of your smile. During your visit, one of our qualified hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Using a scaler, they can remove any buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and around the gum line. If you have mild to moderate gum disease, we may also recommend a deep cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing, this procedure involves removing bacteria and plaque from below the gum line to prevent the spread of infection. We can then polish your smile to remove surface stains and add an extra sparkle.
Dr. Pohl is committed to serving the oral health needs of the entire family, from young children with developing teeth to senior patients who may be more susceptible to tooth loss.
Preventive care is especially important for children and young adults, as it can help to ensure teeth grow in strong and healthy. For our younger patients, Dr. Pohl recommends fluoride treatments every six months. Fluoride helps to protect teeth from erosion and can also reverse early stages of decay. Although your teeth are regularly exposed to fluoride through toothpaste and fluoride-rich foods, professional fluoride treatments feature a higher concentration to more effectively strengthen teeth.
Safe and painless, sealants are designed to coat the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Once Dr. Pohl thoroughly cleans your teeth, he can apply the sealant solution in a liquid form. Over the next few seconds, it will harden to become a protective barrier. Sealants can help prevent tooth decay by inhibiting bacteria from setting on your teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Pohl conducts an oral cancer screening each time he performs a routine checkup. In order to more accurately detect abnormalities before the onset of symptoms, Dr. Pohl uses the VELscope® oral screening tool. This handheld device makes it easier to distinguish healthy tissue from abnormal tissue in the mouth. The National Center for Biotechnology information has found that early detection through screening can help improve your chances of surviving oral cancer.
Schedule a Preventive Exam Today
Dr. Pohl is committed to serving the oral health needs of the entire family, from young children with developing teeth to senior patients who may be more susceptible to tooth loss and other serious disorders. Dr. Pohl will also provide careful, detailed instructions regarding how to care for your smile at home between appointments. To schedule a preventive exam, call our office at (850) 243-0800 or contact us online.