Summer is a wonderful time of year. Sure, it can get a little warm in our part of our Florida, but the extra hours of sunshine are a great excuse to spend more time with family and friends.
And most kids will tell you that no school makes for a lot of fun days playing outside.
Summer is also the perfect time to schedule an appointment at either of our dentist offices in Naples or Fort Myers, FL. Today, we want to discuss four reasons you may want to make an appointment for yourself or your whole family.
Call 239-734-7737 to plan your next visit with our team at the practice of George A. Hoop, DDS.
1. Peace of Mind During Your Vacation
If you have plans to travel during your family vacation in the months ahead, you don’t want an oral health problem to spoil the fun.
A good daily oral hygiene routine and regular professional dental cleanings and exams are the best way to keep you and your loved ones’ smiles happy and healthy. The last thing you want to hear as you’re packing for your trip is, “Mom, my tooth hurts.”
By scheduling a cleaning before you leave town, you could avoid that situation. During your cleaning, one of our dental professionals will remove any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth. This will greatly reduce your family’s risk of tooth decay, cavities, and toothaches.
We also will be looking closely for any signs of decay or gum disease. If so, we can help you get treated before you start your fun.
We want to keep you smiling and out of pain. (We also look forward to hearing about your big trip when you get back.)
2. Selfie-Ready Smiles
Whether you are planning to go on vacation, attend a wedding or two, or just invite friends over for some backyard cookouts, you will probably take some pictures this summer.
And in today’s age of social media, those pictures could be shared instantly with hundreds of people online. Whether you are snapping a selfie with one of your kids or one of your friends is taking your picture, we want you to smile with confidence.
Unfortunately, we are all getting older. (That’s not something we can stop.) As we get older, it’s normal for our teeth to get darker and yellower. This is almost inevitable. As long as you eat colorful foods and drink colorful drinks, you are going to slowly add to the stains on your teeth with every snack and every meal.
Getting rid of those stains can make your smile look brighter, and it can make you look a little younger, too.
The safest and the fastest way to do that is with professional teeth whitening under the supervision of a dental professional. Professional whitening products have higher concentrations of the bleaching agents used to remove deep stains from your teeth.
For results you can see that same day, we recommend our in-office whitening treatments. If you prefer to do your teeth whitening at your convenience, we also offer take-home products that are more effective than anything you’ll find in the toothpaste aisle.
Call us today to find schedule a consultation and find out which of our whitening options is perfect for you!
3. Fix Your Chipped Tooth
Accidents happen to all of us.
Sometimes they can cause minor embarrassment. Sometimes they might leave a bruise or a scratch, which will heal in time.
And something you chip a tooth by biting into the wrong thing, getting struck by something in the mouth, or just bumping into something (or someone).
That chip may be small, but depending on its location, it may become a noticeable part of your smile. Likewise, a chip could affect how well you can bite with a particular tooth.
Whether you want to restore your smile, eat normally again, or both, we have a few ways we can fix it.
The fastest option is tooth bonding. This involves applying a resin to the chip or crack in your smile. The resin can be hardened, shaded to match the color of your teeth, and polished to shine why your natural teeth as well.
Bonding can last for years with proper care, but you should be aware that it may need to be replaced in time.
For a long-term solution, you may want to consider a dental veneer instead. We offer both e.max and Lumineers at our offices. These can be used to repair chips, cracks, breaks, and more to restore the look and the function of your damaged tooth.
4. Replace Old Fillings
If you are like more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, you may have had a cavity already. It’s also possible that you have a metal filling made from gold or amalgam (which is a blend of metals including mercury).
The primary purposes of any filling are to restore the function of your decayed tooth and to protect that tooth against further decay. Amalgam and gold can do both of those things well … until they wear out, chip, or crack, which is inevitable with time.
When the time comes to replace your old filling, why not get one that’s less noticeable? One that blends in with your smile and looks like part of your natural tooth?
Our tooth-colored fillings provide the same benefits as your old metal fillings without becoming a distraction when you smile or speak. If you need to replace an old filling or fill a new cavity, our team is happy to help.
Visit Us For Your Oral Health
Dr. Hoop and the rest of our team in Fort Myers and Naples, FL, want you to have a happy and healthy smile this summer and for many summers to come. We hope you will call 239-734-7737 or fill out our online form to request an appointment today, so we can see you soon.
New patients are always welcome!