Keeping your natural teeth healthy is one of the best things a person can do for their smile. Our office feels that preventive dental care is one of the most important steps in enhancing our patient’s oral health. We provide you with the tools to prevent disease, reverse infection, and limit the need for extensive dental work later. Not only does this save you money, it saves your smile.
To prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay from popping up, we recommend a preventive care appointment with our dentists and hygienists at least every six months. For some people, it may need to be every three or four. Regular assessment of your teeth allows us to intervene early, sometimes when the disease is completely reversible.
Comprehensive and Periodic Exams — The first time you visit our Pleasant Hill location, our dentists will perform an extensive comprehensive examination to establish a “baseline” that all future exams will be compared back to. This allows us to carefully monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and integrity of existing restorations. Every six months afterward, a periodic exam will check to see if there have been any changes or developments in situations so that we can intervene quickly.
Digital X-rays — Low-radiation, high-resolution dental x-rays allow us to screen more thoroughly for signs of decay, disease, and pathology. Plus, they’re even safer than conventional dental x-rays (which were already safe, to begin with!) Our Pleasant Hill dentists use x-rays to share our findings with you during your exam so that you can see the same things that we do. Plus, digital radiography is so efficient, that it saves five to ten minutes as no chemical processing is necessary: making them better on your time, and better on the environment!
Periodontal Screenings — Do you have gum disease? Every adult receives a periodic screening where we assess the height of your supporting gum and bone tissue. As we measure the “pockets” around your teeth, listen for numbers that are greater than three, as these indicate areas where gum detachment is starting to occur. Multiple deep pockets mean that we need to consider some form of periodontal therapy to halt the disease process.
Oral Cancer Exams —You don’t have to be a smoker to develop oral cancer. Risk factors include everything from sun exposure to certain types of viruses. That’s why our dentists thoroughly screen each patient for oral cancer during every exam. We look for atypical tissues during their precancerous stages, as early diagnosis is the most effective form of treatment. Let us know if you notice any areas such as sores that do not heal, small lumps, or white/red patches that do not match the tissues around them. If the precancerous tissue is noted, we’ll either take a small biopsy or send you to an oral surgeon for further diagnosis.
Preventive Cleanings for Adults and Children — Even if you’re brushing and flossing each day, there are areas of your teeth that collect plaque and tartar buildup. Our hygienists use special tools to gently remove these deposits so that your gum tissues don’t become inflamed or detached over time. Sit back, relax, watch your favorite show on one of our ceiling-mounted TVs, and before you know it your checkup is complete!
Fluoride Treatments — In-office and take-home fluoride is ideal for people with sensitive teeth, individuals wearing braces, or if someone is at a high risk for developing cavities. We also recommend fluoride after every cleaning to remove essential minerals that may have been removed during the visit.
Dental Sealants — These thin protective coatings block out acids, food, and bacterial plaque from collecting in the deep grooves of your back teeth. While usually reserved for children, adults can request sealants as well! A sealant takes only a few minutes to apply, and no drilling or numbing is necessary. They make it easier to clean hard-to-access tooth anatomy so that you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to combat tooth decay.
Oral Hygiene and Nutritional Counseling — We know you don’t want to be lectured on flossing every time you step through the front door of our Pleasant Hill dental office. But, we do want you to know what works when it comes to eliminating infection, bacteria, and other factors that are a hamper to your oral health. We’ll show you what works (and the easiest way to do it.)
Pleasant Hill Dental wants you to be able to keep your natural teeth for life. Yes, we offer great options like dental implants and Teeth in a Day, but nothing beats a real set of teeth. When possible, we’ll do everything we can to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile that you can feel proud of showing off, even enhancing it with cosmetic dentistry options if necessary.
Has it been more than six months since your last dental cleaning and exam? Call Pleasant Hill Dental to schedule your next visit with our dentists. New patients are always welcome!
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