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Preventative Dentistry Specialist

Peninsula Dental Excellence

General, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry located in Mountain View, CA

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem-free, it’s important to regularly participate in preventive dentistry. At Peninsula Dental Excellence in Mountain View, California, expert general, cosmetic, and reconstructive dentists Jeff Yoshihara, DDS, and Colin Au, DDS, offer preventive dentistry services to people of all ages. To book your appointment with the caring team, call the office or click the online scheduling tool today. A happier, healthier smile awaits.

Preventative Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry uses preemptive measures like teeth cleanings, oral exams, and dental X-rays to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other common oral health problems. 

When you brush and floss your teeth daily and visit the dentist every six months, you significantly lower your risk of extractions and more complex operations. Preventive dentistry can also alert you to potential issues, allowing you to take action when they’re most responsive to treatment.

Are there different types of preventive dentistry?

At Peninsula Dental Excellence, you can access a wide range of preventive dentistry services, including:

Routine teeth cleanings and exams

A dental cleaning and exam involve your Peninsula Dental Excellence provider examining your gums and teeth for signs of decay, disease, or recession. By catching these problems early, it’s possible to save both time and money. 

In addition to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, routine cleanings keep your teeth shiny and bright. Professional teeth polishing can eradicate stains caused by drinking coffee, tobacco use, and other bad habits.

Fluoride treatments

Do you have a history of cavities? If so, you can benefit from fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can “remineralize” your tooth enamel. This strengthens your teeth and lowers your risk of cavities and decay. 

Even if you’ve never had a cavity, you might benefit from fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps preserve your teeth, keeping them healthy and strong for years to come.

Dental sealants

A dental sealant is a protective coating that your Peninsula Dental Excellence provider applies to the top of a weak, damaged, or decaying tooth. You might also benefit from a dental sealant if you have a healthy molar with deep grooves. Sealants prevent bad bacteria from infiltrating the center of your tooth, avoiding the need for an extraction. 

How often should I participate in preventive dentistry?

To achieve the best possible oral health, Peninsula Dental Excellence recommends participating in preventive dentistry appointments twice a year, or once every six months. If you have gum disease or a history of tooth decay, they might recommend more frequent appointments.

Even if your teeth are healthy, it’s important to take preventive dentistry seriously. Many oral health problems don’t present symptoms early on, so you might have a problem and not even realize it. 

To keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free, make a preventive dentistry appointment at Peninsula Dental Excellence by calling the office or booking online today.