While Dr. Hoop is capable of fixing any type of dental problem you can imagine, he’d much rather help our patients avoid annoying issues like cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth in the first place. That’s why he takes a proactive approach and provides so many preventive services. Thanks to his dedication and the treatments below, he’ll help you enjoy a strong, healthy smile for years to come that barely requires a second thought. To start on the road to a lifetime of beautiful teeth, contact us today for preventive dentistry in Fort Myers, FL.
Most oral health problems have very subtle early signs that are easy to miss, meaning people often don’t notice something until they start to experience pain or see obvious damage. With regular checkups, however, Dr. Hoop’s trained eyes can spot possible decay and infections much sooner so he can treat them before they lead to discomfort. Plus, these appointments give our hygiene team the chance to remove all plaque and tartar from the mouth, which is the root cause of cavities and gum disease.
We screen every patient for oral cancer whenever they come to see us, because finding indications of this disease early is the best way to help someone start the treatment they need and ensure they have a fast and full recovery. If we discover a suspicious-looking sore or growth in your mouth, we can arrange for you to get a biopsy and proper diagnosis. That way, if additional therapy is needed, it can begin without delay.
Fluoride offers one of the easiest methods of cavity prevention, because when the teeth are exposed to this common mineral, it actually fortifies the enamel and makes it more resistant to decay. This is why you’ll find it added to most oral healthcare products and public water sources. You’ll also find it in our dental office, where we coat our patients’ teeth in a highly concentrated fluoride gel as part of their cleanings. This extra layer of protection can easily last all the way until someone’s next cleaning (which is typically six months later).
Bad breath can stem from many factors, but one of the most common is gum disease. As a trained periodontist, Dr. Hoop is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating gum disease, so he can help someone directly address the root cause of their persistent bad breath. He can take care of the underlying problem and then show someone the best ways to keep their mouth clean so they can feel confident that they are always minty fresh.
Any sport you can imagine poses a risk of oral injury to athletes, but this can be easily prevented just by wearing a mouthguard. Rather than using some bulky, one-size-fits-all appliance from the store, Dr. Hoop can give you a custom-made guard that is designed for your specific teeth. This will make it much more comfortable than anything you can buy off the shelf, plus it will provide next-level protection, giving you one less thing to worry about during a game.