Maintaining good oral health is important for people of all ages. The earlier you start properly caring for your teeth and gums, the longer they’ll remain healthy and beautiful. Along with your at-home oral hygiene routine, visiting the dentist regularly is also just as important for good health.
If you’re looking for a dentist in Englewood, Venice, or surrounding areas in Florida, then Dr. Crupi may be the right one for you. He offers a variety of general dentistry services as well as cosmetic services.
Whether you need professional teeth cleaning or you’re concerned about the health of your gums, Dr. Crupi is ready to fulfill your smile needs.
A healthy mouth starts with being proactive about good oral hygiene. This means doing everyday tasks like brushing twice a day and flossing. Mouthwash is a great way to protect your entire mouth from infection-causing bacteria as well. If you have a consistent dental routine, it’s less likely that you’ll develop oral diseases or tooth decay.
Along with maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine, visiting the dentist at least twice a year is another preventative care action. During these biannual exams, Dr. Crupi will use a variety of professional tools to deep clean your teeth and he’ll also address any issues he comes across. He offers preventative care services such as:
- Professional Cleaning — a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums
- Fluoride Treatment — fluoride is a mineral paste that is applied to your teeth in order to protect and replenish them
- Protective Sealants — plastic coatings placed over teeth to protect them from decay
If you’re noticing discomfort in an area of your mouth, we recommend that you come into our office to get it examined. Identifying a dental issue in its early stages and receiving treatment right away will save you time and money later on. Dr. Crupi can perform a variety of services during your exams which include:
- Digital X-rays — to check for decay in your teeth
- Diagnostic impressions — molds taken of your teeth to ensure crowns or bridges will fit on your tooth
- Gum disease diagnosis — if Dr. Crupi notices any issues while examining your gums, he’ll discuss them and decide if further care is needed.
- Jaw growth analysis — Dr. Crupi will examine your child’s jaw to ensure it’s growing properly
Receiving treatment to improve the health of your teeth is just as important as preventive care. Teeth are exposed to a variety of germs in the mouth that can cause them to decay, which is why having good oral hygiene is so important.
If a tooth is severely decayed and infected, a root canal treatment may be needed. During a root canal treatment, Dr. Crupi will make a hole in the tooth to remove infected areas from the nerve. He’ll then fill the hole with a paste and add an adhesive filling to ensure the tooth is protected from further decay.
Aside from tooth decay, your teeth can also experience traumatic injuries. Activities such as sports can cause trauma to the teeth such as a crack or chip. Dr. Crupi can repair the injured teeth and determine what treatment is best for you. These treatments include crowns, fillings, or even cosmetic dentistry.
Protecting the gums is an important step of oral hygiene that people often skip over. Lack of flossing or even brushing their teeth can cause people to develop gum disease. Almost half of Americans over the age of 30 will develop gum disease according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Luckily, there are advanced gum treatments that Dr. Crupi provides to his patients. The most common treatment is called scaling and root planing. During this treatment, your dentist will scrape away plaque and then smooth away any roughness on the roots. The purpose of gum treatments is to remove any bacteria and restore the gums.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a root canal painful?
Prior to the procedure. Drs. Crupi or Garris will numb your tooth so you won’t feel a thing. Following root canal therapy, you may experience some sensitivity and discomfort which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Some patients are unaware that they have gum disease until it progresses to an advanced stage, commonly known as periodontitis. There are a few symptoms that may indicate that you have gum disease, including:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed
- Painful gums or teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
If you think you’re suffering from gum disease, contact our Englewood office at (941) 475-9915 or our Venice location at (941) 485-1111 and we’ll see you at your earliest convenience.
How can I improve my oral health?
Your oral health is best maintained by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. In addition to following good oral hygiene, you’ll want to schedule bi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings.
There are a few ways you can further improve your oral health, including:
- Use oral care products that contain fluoride
- Brush your teeth before bed
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Limit sugary and acidic foods
- Eat tooth-healthy foods
At your appointment, our helpful staff will provide any additional tips to improve your at-home oral care.
What can a dental X-ray show?
Dental X-rays provide detailed images of your teeth, mouth, and jaw. It’s a diagnostic tool that’s used to show certain issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Some of which include cavities, impacted teeth, tooth decay, and bone loss. X-rays give off a low level of radiation to capture the images of your mouth.