Cleanings & Prevention

Comprehensive Cleanings and Preventive Dental Care in Ocoee, FL

Middle-aged couple relaxing at homeThe team at John Zargari, DDS, PA, is dedicated to providing consistent dental care that prioritizes your health and lets you smile proudly. We believe that first-rate care addresses your dental needs as well as your lifestyle.

Since 1995, we have been using the latest techniques and modern technology to create great smiles. Our office is on Maguire Road between Windermere and Ocoee, in front of the Publix shopping center. If you live or work in the Ocoee, Windermere, or Bay Hill, communities, call our skilled, compassionate team today!


What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care focuses on keeping your gums, jawbone, and the tissues surrounding your teeth in optimal condition. Thanks to technology, our professional dental team provides innovative treatment solutions. We use a combination of tools to remove decay and correct bacterial infections. Our preventive care includes:

Gum disease is progressive and can weaken oral health, cause tooth loss, and significantly impact your overall health. Our compassionate team is dedicated to using the latest dental technology to provide you with the least invasive and most cost-effective treatments possible.

Benefits of Digital Imaging

Digital x-rays have a significant advantage over traditional radiography because they can easily be captured using an electronic sensor and stored on a computer. The digital x-ray shows on the screen, so we can see the picture in detail, and we can zoom in and get a clear understanding of any problems. This technology gives us a better chance of catching new, developing complications that traditional radiography could miss.

Traditional x-rays had to be developed in a dark room, but digital images are available instantly. That means your consultation doesn't have to be broken up by long waits. You can see the pictures quickly, and we can use them to show you what issues you have and explain how we can fix them.

Digital imaging reduces your exposure to radiation by up to 90% compared to traditional x-rays. They are gentler on the environment because no chemicals are used to develop the image on film. We store the pictures on a computer, so they can't be scratched, warped, or cracked like old X-rays and need to be done again.

What is the Difference Between Regular Cleanings and Deep Cleanings?

Illustration of healthy tooth anatomyProphylaxis is the regular cleaning you get at your biannual visit to remove plaque and calculus. This treatment only cleans the enamel visible above the gum line, also known as the crown. This type of cleaning is sufficient if you generally have good oral health.

If you suffer from gum recession or infection, scaling and root planing can clean each tooth down to the root. This procedure is crucial to get gum disease under control and to prevent tooth and bone loss.

How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Overall Health?

Millions of bacteria live inside your mouth, contributing to tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Bacteria can also access your bloodstream through the vascular system in your gums. As bacteria circulate throughout the body, they can negatively impact your health.

As the relationship between oral health and overall health is interdependent, gum disease can also be influenced by other health problems, including:

Diabetes: Your risk of developing gum disease may be higher if diabetes is already present. An oral infection can make it harder to manage this health condition as inflammation can interfere with blood sugar levels, even with the right amount of insulin.

Heart Disease: Increased bacteria can travel to the arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Prenatal Concerns: Due to numerous hormonal changes during pregnancy, the additional presence of gum disease can cause low birth weight or premature births. The toxins found in harmful bacteria could reach the placenta through the mother's bloodstream and increase the risk of unhealthy development and complications during delivery.

At John Zargari, DDS, PA, our dedicated team of skilled oral healthcare professionals can help you prevent and overcome gum disease to achieve a healthy, youthful smile.

What are Some Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Symptoms of gum disease can vary depending on the severity. Signs to look out for include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth appearing longer

Maintain Oral Health for Optimal Overall Health

Maintaining proper oral hygiene not only ensures that your smile remains beautiful, but it also contributes to a healthy body. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and use an antiseptic mouthwash to eliminate harmful bacteria.

Regular visits for exams and cleanings are critical, so we can remove plaque and tartar missed during your home hygiene routine. We encourage you to come in for a professional cleaning twice a year to prevent bacteria from building up and infecting the gums.

Advantages of Using Lasers

A laser system uses air, water, and intense beams of light energy to manipulate hard and soft tissue. Lasers can remove plaque, decay, and harmful bacteria with precision and minimal discomfort. Additional benefits of using lasers for periodontal care include:

  • A minimally invasive technique
  • Fewer side effects and faster recovery time
  • Treatment is highly targeted to specific conditions
  • Fewer visits to the dentist
  • Multiple symptoms can be corrected during a single session

The Importance of VizLite™ Oral Cancer Screening

Portrait of attractive blonde woman at homeMany forms of oral cancer are asymptomatic, which means you will not exhibit signs until it spreads. Mild symptoms are often disregarded or mistaken as other issues. As part of your regular dental examinations, we perform an oral cancer screening using the VizLite screening system. Early identification is most successful with regular screenings and can help improve the likelihood of successful oral cancer treatment.

After visual inspection of the tongue, cheeks, and surrounding tissue, we use the VizLite to scan your mouth. It is a quick process and not invasive or uncomfortable. The unique light exposes any abnormal tissue that is not visible with the naked eye. If we see anything unusual, we will conduct additional tests. These screenings are necessary to catch oral cancer early, increasing your chances of effective treatment.

Preserve Your Smile's Health, Function, and Beauty!

You can save time and money by adhering to a strict hygiene routine and visiting our office for a cleaning and preventive care. Our team understands that dental anxiety and fear are real, so we take time to discuss the benefits of preventive dentistry and its essential role in your optimal oral health.

Our philosophy is that the more you understand the benefits of preventive treatment, the more confident you will be about receiving essential dental care. We offer comprehensive care for a lifetime of optimal oral health. Call John Zargari, DDS, PA, in Ocoee, to schedule your appointment today!



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