Cocoa General Dentistry
As a general dentist in Cocoa, FL, Dr. Burr and his staff of dental assistants and dental hygienists are ready to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles with a range of dental services. General dentistry not only ensures your oral health, but your overall well being, too. There is an undeniable connection between the condition of your mouth and the health of your body. So count on your Cocoa dentist to provide the general dentistry you need to have a beautiful smile and to feel good!
In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Burr would like to see you at least twice each year for dental checkups. These regular visits allow your family dentist and his team to monitor the condition of your teeth and gums. We’ll closely examine each tooth for signs of decay; annual digital x-rays are advisable so we can see if there is decay or infection developing below the enamel surface. In addition, we’ll assess the health of your gum tissue and measure the depth of gum pockets to determine if bacteria are present and gum disease is a threat.
Dental Cleaning and Oral Hygiene
The second portion of a dental checkup is the all-important cleaning. We trust that you brush and floss your teeth at home every day. However, there are always spots that are difficult to see in your mouth let alone clean. Our dental hygienists have special instruments that allow them to thoroughly clean and polish all the surfaces of your teeth. The cleaning is finished with flossing and a cool oral rinse.
You can think of dental sealants as an insurance policy against cavities. These plastic coatings are applied as a liquid to the biting surfaces of your molars. Then, we use a curing light to quickly dry the liquid. Once hardened, dental sealants are a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria that can lead to decay. Although sealants are almost always recommended for children, they can also be helpful for adults whose teeth are prone to developing cavities.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Whether you know that you do or not, Dr. Burr may be able to recognize the signs: worn teeth and stressed gums. In this case, he can prescribe a custom-fitted nightguard to protect your teeth from the pressure of teeth grinding and clenching.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a semi-pro athlete, protecting your smile with a sportsguard is a must. Like a nightguard, this oral appliance will be custom-fitted so it’s comfortable and not distracting from the game. Wearing a sportsguard protects your teeth, gums, cheeks, lips and tongue and may reduce the impact of concussion if one occurs.
At each dental checkup, Dr. Burr and his team like to take some time to educate you on how best to care for your teeth at home. We’ll send you home with a “gift bag” of goodies for you to try, too. And of course if you have any questions about your teeth or oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask any question.