Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Morgan Hill, CA
You might be familiar with dental fillings, root canals, and other treatments, but you can avoid treatments like these with easy and effective preventive dentistry. Skilled cosmetic dentist Robert Shorey, DDS, and his team prioritize preventive services like cleanings, X-rays, and exams at Shorey Dentistry in Morgan Hill, California. To learn more about the importance of preventive care, call Shorey Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
Preventive Dentistry Q&A
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry includes treatments, services, and home care to maintain your oral health. Taking part in preventive dentistry saves time and helps you avoid costly restorations and procedures. With preventive dentistry, you can avoid complications like:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum disease
- Tooth wear-and-tear
- Oral cancer
At Shorey Dentistry, the team prioritizes preventive care to keep your oral health optimal. Oral hygiene is an integral part of the practice, and Dr. Shorey can teach you how to keep your teeth and gums clean.
Dr. Shorey and his team teach you the importance of oral health in relation to your general health since gum disease can spread to other areas of your body. They answer your questions and make recommendations for treatments when needed.
Preventive dentistry is just as important for children as it is for adults, and Dr. Shorey and his team offer family-friendly care and education.
Which treatments does preventive dentistry include?
Effective preventive dentistry involves in-office services and procedures. Available preventive services and treatments include:
Make an appointment at Shorey Dentistry about twice a year for in-depth dental examinations. During these appointments, Dr. Shorey performs a visual exam and might use X-rays to view your teeth and jaw. Examinations allow him to identify early signs of disease so you can start treatment right away.
Professional cleanings are more effective than home brushing and flossing. These treatments occur during your examination appointments and may be recommended at an increased frequency depending on need.
A fluoride varnish can prevent or slow down the decay. The hygienist paints it using a small brush.
The hygienist applies sealants to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. This helps prevent food and other material from getting stuck in their grooves and causing cavities.
How can I practice preventive dentistry at home?
Preventive dentistry isn’t limited to in-office treatments and services. Dr. Shorey and his team excel in patient education and can offer personalized tips on how to effectively care for your teeth at home. Generally, preventive home care includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
- Using a bite guard at night if you grind your teeth
- Use a mouth guard while playing contact sports
- Avoiding or minimizing acidic foods and sugar
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco
Of course, if you experience symptoms like tooth pain or excessive sensitivity, report them to Dr. Shorey as soon as possible.
For expert education and preventive dentistry services, call Shorey Dentistry or book your visit online today.