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Preventive & Family Dentistry for Orlando

woman brushing teethYour teeth can last for a lifetime. It’s true! Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and with proper care and regular dental visits, your teeth easily withstand a lifetime of wear and tear. At your dental visit, Dr. John Russo will show you how to optimize your oral health and prevent dental damage. He will recommend an appropriate cleaning interval, perform an oral cancer screening using the Velscope, fluoride to strengthen enamel, or a nightguard to curtail destructive teeth grinding. Our goal is to prevent you from needing dental reconstruction in the future! Contact our Orlando, FL practice today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Check-Ups & Teeth Cleanings

Even patients who diligently brush and floss can still fall victim to dental problems. That’s why attending two regular check-ups a year is so important for children and adults alike. During these visits, Dr. Russo’s goal will be to understand your oral health needs thoroughly, and he’ll accomplish this with a comprehensive visual examination and digital X-rays, along with a comprehensive oral cancer screening using Velscope technology. This process should reveal even the smallest areas of damage or disease, allowing Dr. Russo to treat them effectively and protect you from more significant concerns down the road.

A big threat to your healthy, happy smile is the constant accumulation of plaque, a bacteria-filled substance that lingers over your teeth and gums and can harden in place if not removed soon enough. Thankfully, one of our excellent hygienists can thoroughly clean these areas, allowing you to leave your routine appointment with a mouth that feels nice and refreshed.

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Family Dentistry

Having to juggle multiple dental offices for you and all your loved ones can be a hectic experience. Here in Orlando, Dr. Russo would love to welcome the whole family for convenient, back-to-back appointments! Our team is focused on providing personalized attention that fits everyone’s unique needs, whether their smiles are brand-new or they’re in need of lifelike replacements for lost teeth.

In particular, younger patients often struggle with feelings of fear, panic, or restlessness in the dentist’s office. That’s why we take our time to be as gentle and friendly as possible building a relationship with your son or daughter that helps them feel relaxed and at ease each time you bring them in. When children need fillings, Dr. Russo offers overhead televisions and laughing gas to make dental care easier and more comfortable, as well as reduces the need for shots. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for potential developmental concerns during their routine check-ups, and children’s dentistry services like dental sealants and fluoride treatment are also available to protect and strengthen their growing smile. 

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are designed to cover the chewing surfaces of certain back teeth, effectively “sealing” them shut so that the deep grooves are less capable of trapping food particles and bacteria and causing cavities in turn. Dr. Russo typically recommends this treatment for younger patients who are still learning to care for their teeth and need extra protection, but they also benefit adults who are oversensitive to decay. Sealants are simple and painless to apply, and with proper maintenance, they can last up to 10 years!

Nightguards for TMJ/Bruxism

Millions of Americans suffer from bruxism, a common condition that’s better known as teeth grinding. This bad habit can arise because of stress or fatigue, and it may even be an indicator of more serious TMJ disorder. Here in Orlando, our team will work with you to determine your exact symptoms and provide personalized recommendations for treatment. In many cases, a custom-designed nightguard can give your smile the support and protection it needs most while you sleep, minimizing related dental damage and pain.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Most people know they need to worry about cavities and gum disease, but what about oral cancer? A whopping 25% of victims don’t actually participate in any risk factors for the disease, and late diagnoses are sadly common, leaving the survival rate at only around 50%. Thankfully, there’s a silver lining – early cases have a much higher rate of successful treatment at 80-90%. That’s why Dr. Russo is dedicated to locating cancerous cells at their earliest stages during your routine check-ups. If our team finds cause for concern, we can help you take the next steps towards a biopsy and treatment as quickly as possible.

Digital X-Rays

X-rays are vital when diagnosing a wide variety of dental problems, but the traditional method for capturing them came with a lot of pitfalls. Digital technology has completely transformed this process for the better making it much simpler and safer for our patients here in Orlando, FL. Instead of relying on a darkroom and hazardous chemicals, our team can capture detailed photographs of your oral structures and transfer them to our computer system in a matter of seconds – it’s as easy as that. We can even color-code them so that patients better understand what they’re looking at, and best of all, radiation exposure is reduced by up to 90%.