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Adult Dental

Get the facts so you can flash those healthy, pearly whites for years to come. Call Tampa Family Health Centers today.

Good Dental Hygiene Essentials:

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: See your dentist at Tampa Family Health Centers twice a year for cleanings and other preventive care. Follow your dentist’s advice regarding continued care.
  • Brush your teeth: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Make it a habit to brush in the morning and just before bedtime.
  • Toothpaste: Using toothpaste that is recommended by your dentist. Most dentists recommend a fluoride toothpaste. Check with your dentist about what is best for your teeth.
  • Flossing: Toothbrushes don’t always catch leftover particles. Flossing daily can help remove additional bacteria and plaque.
  • Mouthwash: A thorough rinse can help you get to areas that both the toothbrush and floss might have missed ensuring a thorough clean.
  • Dental Hygiene Fun Fact: Your toothbrush matters! To take the best care of your teeth it’s important to choose the right toothbrush and to replace it every four months. Ask your dentist what kind of toothbrush (soft, hard) is right for you.
 

As a part of a healthy lifestyle, it is important to maintain good oral health. The first step to good oral health is to schedule a dental wellness visit, which includes: 

  1. Oral health screening
  2. Complete set of x-rays
  3. In-depth oral exam
  4. Oral cancer screening
After the initial examination, the dentist will create a treatment plan and discuss the treatment options with you.
There are many myths about fillings – but one thing is true – not every filling is the same. Size and location dictates the type of filling that should be used. It is important to discuss with your dentist the pros and cons of which filling is right for you.
 

Pros:

  • Very strong and durable
  • Highly resistant to wear
  • Long-lasting
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Not as cosmetically pleasing as Composites (tooth-colored fillings)
  • Transmits hot and cold readily, usually causing short-term sensitivity
  • Can expand or contract over time, which may cause tooth to crack

Pros

  • Highly cosmetic
  • Can bond filling to tooth
  • More conservative preparation

Cons

  • Not a good fit for large cavities
  • Shorter life span than amalgam (silver)
  • Possible sensitivity post procedure
  • More expensive than silver fillings

A crown is a fixed restoration covering most of the natural tooth. They cover damaged or severely chipped teeth. When an old filling or tooth cracks, a crown is often the best option to restore the tooth.

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth can become infected and abscesses can form. We know that the word “root canal” can be very scary for patients, but rest assured, it means your natural tooth can be saved.

Here at Tampa Family Health Centers, we want you to be as comfortable as possible during your visit. If a tooth can be saved, we will do everything possible to save your tooth. Unfortunately, there are times when extractions are necessary, especially wisdom teeth. We utilize the newest technology to minimize your discomfort and get you back on the right path to oral health.

Tampa Family Health Centers offers quality, affordable dentures. Whether you need a full set or partial dentures, our dentists will find the best possible solution for you and your budget. The size, shape, look, and long-term care of your new teeth will be discussed in depth during your appointment. Please remember that regular dentist exams are still important so that the oral tissues are checked for disease or change.