Reasons to Visit Dentist Q&A
Your oral health can affect more than just your teeth, gums and mouth. Ensuring you are maintaining proper oral hygiene and regularly seeing your dentist will contribute to your overall health and well-being. At Canatella Dental, we provide preventative dental care to patients of all ages as well as treatment for dental conditions as needed. To learn more or get your family started on a regular dental care routine, call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in New Orleans LA and Metairie LA!
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How can I improve my and my family’s oral health?
How can I improve my smile?
Do I have any dental health conditions I should know about?
Do I need any dental treatments?
How often should I visit the dentist?
Oral health is important for everyone, as it can impact a person’s overall health and well-being. Many conditions that negatively affect the teeth, gums and overall oral health are preventable with proper care and regular check-ups by a licensed dentist, such as the team at Canatella Dental. Our team takes a preventative approach to dental care, ensuring our patients know and understand the importance of proper oral hygiene, and what they can do at home between check ups and professional cleanings. To improve your oral health, ensure you and your family members are seeing a dentist on a regular basis for routine check ups and professional cleanings. They will also recommend x-rays on a regular basis to monitor for any changes in your oral health and scan for early signs of issues and concerns. Your dentist will also walk you through how to properly clean your teeth at home, including brushing and flossing, and can flag any areas of concern that you should keep an eye on.
Improving your smile will be dependent on what you feel is a lacking or not to the standard you want. Talking to your dentist about your concerns will help determine how you can improve your smile as everyone will have a different situation. If you don’t like the colour of your teeth, teeth whitening may be an option for you. For patients who are missing teeth, or have teeth that are chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged, your dentist can provide you with options to replace or repair your tooth. Dr. Todd Canatella and his team at Canatella Dental are knowledgeable and experienced on several different aspects of dental care and can offer you suggestions and recommendations for treatment to get you the smile you are looking for.
Regular visits to the dentist consist of a thorough exam of your mouth, including your teeth and gums. Your dentist may also want to complete a set of x-rays if you haven’t had any done for an extended period of time. Your dentist will review the results of your x-rays with you to show you any areas that could be concerning. They will also let you know of any other dental health conditions that they come across through the course of your dental exam. Your routine visits are also your opportunity to bring up any concerns that you have about your dental health, whether that’s a new sore spot on a tooth or a new sensitivity to hot or cold, or any other issues that are affecting your teeth, mouth, gums and jaw. Many dentists, including the team at Canatella Dental, take a proactive, preventative approach to dental care, ensuring that they are completing thorough exams on a regular basis to catch any dental conditions in their early stages to treat them before they affect your health.
If you have any concerns about your oral health, whether through symptoms you are experiencing or due to past conditions, talk through them with your dentist during your visit. While your dentist will perform a thorough dental exam as part of your visit, they will be able to pay especially close attention to areas of concern that you are experiencing. The goal of dental care through Canatella Dental is to catch any conditions prior to them requiring extensive treatment that can get costly. Your dentist will let you know if you require any dental treatments or if there are specific care instructions that you need to follow to prevent future issues.
Everyone is going to have different needs when it comes to the frequency recommended for dentist visits. The typical frequency is anywhere from six months to a year, based on your overall oral health, your ability to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy between visits and if you have any existing dental conditions that need to be monitored. Your dentist will let you know what they recommend for the frequency for each patient, with it varying from one person to the next. The frequency can also be partially based on what your insurance covers, as some plans may cover a higher frequency of visits than other plans. At Canatella Dental, we will work with our patients to determine the right frequency for them, based on their needs, their schedule and what their benefits will cover. We are accepting new patients in our convenient locations at New Orleans LA, and Metairie LA!
We hope you found the Q&A helpful! You can call us if you have any other questions or if you’d like a consultation with Dr. Todd Canatella. We’d be happy to hear from you for any reason! We serve patients from Metairie LA, New Orleans LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.
Additional Services You May Need
▸ Periodontal Therapy
▸ Oral Cancer Screening
▸ Checkups & Cleanings
▸ Cosmetic Dentistry
▸ Teeth Whitening
▸ Porcelain Veneers
▸ Dental Tooth Bonding
▸ Restorative Dentistry
▸ Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
▸ Dental Crowns and Bridges
▸ Root Canal Therapy
▸ Tooth Colored Fillings
▸ Dental Implants
▸ Multiple Tooth Replacement
▸ Full Mouth Replacement
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▸ Dental Emergencies
▸ Botox and Juvederm
▸Dental 3D Printer