Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Smiles Dental Spa

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tracy, CA

To maintain a smile you love to show off, preventive dentistry is the key to maintaining your oral health. Dental cleanings and exams from Shirley Zhao, DDS, at Smiles Dental Spa in Tracy, California, provide preventive dentistry solutions to thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent cavities. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, call Smiles Dental Spa, or schedule an appointment with the online form.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes the daily oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing at home, as well as twice-annual professional dental cleanings and exams at Smiles Dental Spa. If you are at high risk for dental problems, you may need to visit the dentist more frequently.

Eating a balanced diet with limited sugar intake is also a preventive dentistry method that ensures you get the vitamins you need for strong, healthy teeth, while avoiding foods that cause cavities.

Why do I need preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry cleanings and exams keep your smile healthy by detecting problems before they develop into major issues. Maintaining good oral health helps prevent tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and the need for more extensive dental restorations such as root canals and crowns.

Preventive dentistry appointments are scheduled even when you don’t have a toothache or dental problems. Proactive dental care enables the treatment of dental problems at the earliest stages, saving you money and time by restoring your teeth before more complex and expensive dental problems develop.

Maintaining good oral hygiene at home and seeing a dentist regularly for preventive dentistry saves discomfort, time, and expense of treating gum disease or tooth decay in their advanced stages.

What is a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are the primary service of preventive dentistry. Your provider removes all plaque and tartar from your teeth. No matter how good your daily brushing and flossing routine is at home, there are areas you aren’t cleaning thoroughly. Once tartar builds up, it can only be removed with professional cleaning.

During a dental cleaning appointment, the Smiles Dental Spa team also checks your mouth for signs of cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Dental X-rays are sometimes taken to ensure there are no cavities developing between your teeth or areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

What are sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings your Smiles Dental Spa provider paints on the chewing surface of your molars. The sealant starts as a liquid and then hardens quickly to form a protective shield over the teeth. Sealants are a preventive dentistry method used to reduce your risks of cavities by blocking germs and food.

Schedule your preventive dentistry appointments with Smiles Dental Spa by calling the office or using the online booking system.