Preventative dentistry is all about maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The preventative dentistry services we provide at Carlston Dental Group include regular checkups and cleanings, as well as specialized treatments to help you prevent the most common dental issues.
Preventing dental issues is easier, more convenient, and more affordable than cure, which in many cases can mean complex restorative dental procedures that require a lot of time and money.
As part of the preventative care I provide patients, I also educate them about how to set up and follow a good oral hygiene routine at home and give nutritional advice to ensure that their teeth stay cavity-free and their gums remain healthy too.
Why Is Preventive Dentistry Important?
I always explain the importance of maintaining regular visits for checkups and cleanings to my patients because it is the best way to maintain their oral health and prevent dental issues.
During these appointments, I examine your teeth and gums to look for signs of cavities and gum disease. If caught early, these problems can be reversed easily. If not treated properly, they can develop into more serious issues that require extensive restorative procedures to correct.
By simply visiting our dental office regularly and maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing many serious oral health problems.
In addition to protecting you from common dental issues, preventive dentistry also helps maintain your overall health. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, have been linked to poor dental health. When you come in for your regular dental visits, I can help identify potential health problems before they have a chance to become life-threatening.
What to Expect During Your Preventive Dentistry Visit
I find that many patients think of their dentist as a specialist they see only if they are experiencing tooth pain or other dental issues. On the contrary, dentists like myself are trained to help you prevent oral health issues from developing in the first place. With preventive dentistry, we can work together to protect your teeth and gums for years to come.
During these appointments, Our hygienist will examine your smile and look for signs of potential problems. Your hygienist will take X-Rays and a digital scan with our iTero, then I will perform your examination to detect signs of tooth decay or indications of gum disease. During your exam, I will also assess the need for orthodontic or restorative work. It is here where I welcome all your questions and concerns.
Your preventive dentistry visit will also include a professional dental cleaning. Depending on your specific needs, you may need to have a basic cleaning or a deep cleaning, otherwise known as scaling and root planing. During your cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth to help prevent cavities and other issues.
If you are particularly prone to tooth decay, we can also provide preventative treatments like sealants or fluoride applications to help strengthen your teeth and protect them from damage. If you already have gum disease, we will recommend specialized treatments to reverse its effects and restore the health of your gums.
Your regular visits with us are also a good time to discuss any other concerns you may have or treatment options we can offer you to achieve your smile goals. My team and I are always happy to assist patients in finding the right solutions for their smiles.
For gentle, customized, stress-free dental procedures in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to contact our dental practice. You can reach us by phone at (310) 838-0844, visit us at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or conveniently schedule your appointment online.
In some complicated situations, Dr. Carlston will refer patients to a Specialist. We deal with highly recommended specialists in the area.