Preventive Dentist in Sarasota, FL
Today, more people are eating better, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest. These are all important for keeping your body healthy, but if you don’t take proper care of your teeth, your body isn’t completely healthy.
We welcome patients of all ages at the office of Deborah Simpkins, DMD. She has been practicing dentistry for nearly 15 years and has the skill and experience needed to address a wide variety of dental needs at every stage of life.
Preventive Dental Treatments
Comprehensive Dental Exams
For decades, the American Dental Association has recommended twice-a-year visits. These appointments include visual exams, professional cleanings, and digital x-rays as needed.
Dr. Simpkins uses these visits to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth to detect problems in their earliest stages. If we find a problem, we will explain why treatment is needed, what it involves, and how it will benefit your long-term oral health. When you are included in the decision-making process, you can be an active, confident participant in your oral care.
During these appointments, Dr. Simpkins will answer your concerns and address any questions you may have about your oral health. She will review proper habits like brushing, flossing, and following a healthy diet. If there’s a particular area of concern, Dr. Simpkins will provide tips to make sure your mouth stays healthy and problem-free.
An essential part of your routine appointments is a professional dental cleaning by one of our skilled hygienists. During your cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar to leave you with a fresh smile. At this time, your hygienist will also check for signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease can occur for several reasons including poor oral hygiene. Whatever the reason, we need to treat it as quickly as possible to protect your gums and the structures that support your teeth. Untreated gum disease can quickly spread and eventually lead to tooth loss and permanent loss of bone.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer can quickly develop into a life-threatening condition if not detected in its earliest stages. Each exam includes an oral screening so we can look for abnormalities that might indicate oral cancer. If we find something suspicious, we will refer you to your primary care doctor for a thorough examination.
As you age, your risk of tooth decay increases, particularly along your gum line and on root surfaces. We often recommend routine fluoride treatments for older adults who have an increased risk of tooth decay. The application of fluoride is one treatment we use to strengthen and protect your teeth.
We often recommend dental sealants for children, but we can also use them for adults to protect healthy teeth that have not had previous dental work. The sealant is made of a plastic material that is painted onto uneven tooth surfaces, like molars, to “seal” out bacteria that cause decay.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
If you live in Sarasota or the surrounding areas and it’s time for your next routine exam and cleaning, please call us to arrange an appointment. We will be happy to review your needs, answer your questions, and make recommendations to keep your smile healthy.