Preventive dentistry is the cornerstone of good dental care, which is why Olga Belova, DDS, and the professionals at Almaden Dental Associates encourage all their patients to maintain regular dental exams and cleanings. Keep your smile healthy today with a visit to their state-of-the-art clinic in San Jose, California. Call the office or use the convenient online tool to set up your appointment.
The goal of preventive dentistry is to keep your smile consistently healthy and beautiful by regularly monitoring your oral health and treating problems before they have a chance to develop.
Many oral conditions, like periodontal disease and cavities, require more costly and invasive treatments the longer they’ve gone untreated.
Practicing good preventive care can potentially save you a great deal of time and money, not to mention potentially saving your smile from irreversible damage.
You can practice preventive dentistry at home by maintaining good oral hygiene methods like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. But no matter how diligent you are with you’re at-home routine, you still need to maintain regular checkups and professional cleanings with your dentist.
The experts at Almaden Dental Associates use special tools and techniques to clean any hard-to-reach spots and eliminate certain buildups of plaque and tartar that you simply can’t remove with your at-home tools.
They can also diagnose and treat oral conditions that might develop in spite of practicing excellent oral hygiene, like oral cancer.
Your preventive care visit typically begins with a visual exam. Your dentist or hygienist carefully examines your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for any signs of dental problems that might pose a threat to your oral health.
Depending on the health of your smile and how long it’s been since your last appointment, the team might order X-rays to get a deeper look at particular areas of your smile.
After the exam portion of your visit, your dentist or hygienist then uses special tools to carefully and thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. After they’ve removed all of the buildup, they give you a professional flossing and then shine your teeth with a professional polishing.
Depending on the state of your smile, they might also give you a fluoride rinse to help protect your teeth, support the development of healthy enamel, and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
Most patients need an exam and cleaning twice a year. Depending on the health of your smile, though, you might need more.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease, for example, need more frequent cleanings until they’ve stopped and reversed the development of gum disease.
The team at Almaden Dental Associates can work with you to determine a cleaning schedule uniquely tailored to your particular dental needs. Book your visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.