Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help prevent tooth decay and serious dental work in the future. At Peninsula Dental Excellence in Mountain View, California, dentists Jeff Yoshihara, DDS, and Colin Au, DDS, perform a variety of general dentistry services to help keep their patients smiling. Their mission is to provide the finest dental care to patients through preventive treatment and oral health education in a comfortable and modern environment. To schedule a visit, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A general dentist is the primary provider who cares for your teeth by diagnosing, managing, and treating your overall oral health needs. General dentistry focuses primarily on preventive care to keep your teeth and gums healthy at every stage of life.
General dentistry can prevent serious dental problems, as well as costly surgeries and treatments in the future. Some of the most common concerns that general dentistry can prevent include:
A cavity is a type of tooth decay that creates a small hole in your tooth. As a cavity progresses, it grows larger and deeper into your tooth. Cavities can even reach the soft center of your teeth when left untreated.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that causes redness and inflammation. Without treatment, gum disease can destroy your tooth-supporting structures, leading to gum recession and even tooth loss.
Tooth decay can damage your teeth to the point that they crack and break. This can change your bite and lead to difficulties chewing and speaking.
Regular dental cleanings and preventive treatments help prevent tooth loss due to decay or gum disease.
A professional teeth cleaning is a preventive treatment that removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that releases toxins, which can damage and eat away at your tooth enamel. It leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
During a teeth cleaning, your Peninsula Dental Excellence provider examines your mouth to check for abnormalities. They also use dental X-rays to examine the tooth-supporting structures in your mouth.
Next, they use a small instrument called a scaler and a mirror to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Finally, your provider brushes and flosses your teeth to eliminate any leftover debris. They may also give you a fluoride-based mouth rinse to strengthen and protect your teeth.
Peninsula Dental Excellence recommends visiting the office for a teeth cleaning at least once every six months to protect your oral health.
Schedule a dental exam and cleaning with Peninsula Dental Excellence by calling the office or booking a visit online today.