You know you should go to the dentist, but …
You got busy.
You may not want to admit it, but you get dental anxiety. (It’s OK. Trust us, you aren’t the only one.)
Well, no matter why you’ve been putting off your next dental appointment, we have five good reasons you should visit one of our general dentist offices in Naples or Fort Myers, FL soon. George A. Hoop, DDS, and the rest of our team are ready to provide you with the best oral care modern dentistry can provide.
Call (239) 594-8817 to make an appointment with us today!
Let’s start with the basics. You need to brush and floss your teeth every day, but that isn’t enough to prevent cavities.
We’re all human, and no one brushes their teeth perfectly every time. That means you are likely to have some plaque and tartar buildup over time.
Through professional dental cleanings, we will remove that cavity-causing plaque and keep your teeth healthy. Then, we’ll polish them to give you a better smile.
And if you want to improve your smile even more, just ask about our cosmetic services.
Stop Gum Disease!
We know we just mentioned that you should floss daily. Yet, we also know from experience and from a recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Dental Association that fewer than half of people are taking time to floss daily.
That’s a problem because flossing is how you remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and gums. If you don’t do this, you are inviting bacteria to grow and cause a gum infection.
That leads to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States!
If you want to keep your smile, you need to floss, and you should give our dental professionals an opportunity to inspect your gums twice a year. If we see any symptoms of gum disease, we can treat it before your teeth are at risk.
But only if you visit us regularly.
You may understand everything we’ve said so far, but that does not make it any easier to go to the dentist if you do have dental anxiety.
We offer two types of sedation to make your dental visits easier to handle. With laughing gas and oral sedation, you won’t feel any pain. You will stay relaxed and calm, and you will not gag during your cleaning.
We also use advanced technology to make your visit more efficient and effective.
Protect Your Smile!
April is National Facial Protection Month, which makes this a good time to remind you that we also make athletic mouthguards at our offices.
These are better than the boil-and-bite mouthguard you’ll find in stores. Our mouthguards are custom-fitted for each patient.
As a result, our mouthguards offer better protection, feel more comfortable, and won’t interfere with your ability to breathe or talk to your teammates.
If you play a sport that involves running, jumping, and/or contact, you need a mouthguard. According to the ADA, athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than those who do.
Get Screened for Oral Cancer!
This probably isn’t the first reason you think of going to the dentist, but oral cancer screenings are invaluable.
Plus, April also is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. That makes this a good time to tell you about our VELscope.
We will conduct a visual inspection of your mouth, but if someone has any signs of oral cancer, we want to find it as early as possible. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 80 to 90 percent of patients whose oral cancer is detected in the early stages survive.
The VELscope measure the fluorescence of the soft tissue of your mouth. As a result, it can identify suspicious tissue long before anyone would spot it with their eyes alone.
Make Your Next Appointment TODAY
It’s time to make your next dental appointment. When you do, make plans to visit the general dentist office of Dr. George Hoop.
Call (239) 594-8817 or contact us online if you want your mouth to stay healthy.