In our Menlo Park Dental Practice, we stress preventive dentistry to our Menlo Park Dental Patients, which can help eliminate the need for restorative dentistry.
We believe that there are four cornerstones of preventive dentistry.
Vigilant Home Care: Your attention to brushing and flossing at home helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Cleanings and Dental Exams: As meticulous as you might be with your dental home care, however, it’s still important to come in for regular cleanings and exams. A professional dental cleaning helps remove the plaque that persists despite your best efforts at home. And a dental exam can help catch dental problems at their earliest stages, when treatment is easier and less expensive.
Education and Attention: Every time you come into our office, we educate you on what you can do to regain and maintain optimal dental health. As skilled as we are in the detection and treatment of dental disease, we don’t know your body like you do. If you pay attention to changes in your dental health and call our office or come in at the first sign of distress, we can help you regain your health more quickly.
Commitment to Good Dental Health: Taking care of yourself requires a commitment of time and money, and the benefits of this commitment can be a beautiful, natural smile that lasts a lifetime.
Teeth Cleaning & Dental Exams Menlo Park
You want to take the best possible care of your teeth, and at Menlo Park Smiles, your Menlo Park Dentist Dr. Daftarian want to make that goal achievable. Aside from daily brushing and flossing, regular and thorough teeth cleanings are the most important aspect of that oral care. At your teeth cleaning appointment, Menlo Park Dentist Dr. Daftarian will carefully examine your teeth and strengthen your oral defenses against decay and periodontal disease. We will also educate you on the best ways to take care of your personal smile.
Every patient has different preventive needs. Since prevention is so important for us at Menlo Park Smiles, we will customize at preventive hygiene schedule for you. The frequency of your dental cleaning will depends on how you are taking care of your teeth at home to prevent decay.
One of the best ways you can ensure good dental health is to come in for regular cleanings and exams.
Depending on your dental health, we’ll recommend cleanings and exams at intervals of three months, four months, or six months. The schedule depends, primarily, on your susceptibility to gum disease.
For your comfort, we offer a numbing gel for a more comfortable cleaning, and we also have a massage chair near a window that provides a great view. Most cleanings and exams take approximately one hour.
During one of these “routine” appointments, we’re doing much more than just giving your teeth a clean, polished feeling. In fact, we’re also:
• taking your health history
• providing a blood pressure screening
• removing plaque from under your gums and around your teeth (areas that are difficult for you to access through daily brushing and flossing)
• examining you for oral cancer
• checking any sensitive teeth, tissues, or problem areas
• evaluating you for TMJ or bite problems
• rechecking the restorative work that’s in your mouth
As part of your exam, we may also take X-rays. There are more than 200 maladies that can affect the mouth and jaws, many of which can only be identified through X-rays.