Preventative Dentistry in San Francisco
San Francisco Dental Wellness provides preventative dentistry in San Francisco, CA. Call 415-781-1944 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is at the heart of what we do at San Francisco Dental Wellness. Instead of taking a reactive approach to dental care, we want to prevent oral health problems from occurring in the first place. Preventative care maintains the health of your teeth and gums, ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Comprehensive Evaluations and Dental Cleanings
The American Dental Association recommends comprehensive evaluations and dental cleanings every six months. These appointments, often known as dental check-ups, are crucial for maintaining good oral health. Plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, which are then polished to remove surface stains and make it harder for new plaque deposits to form. Your dentist will look for signs of oral health issues and perform an oral cancer screening.
Digital radiographs emit far less radiation than traditional x-rays, making them a safer option for dental imaging. Radiographs allow us to identify potential issues with the roots of your teeth and jaws, along with areas of decay that are not apparent upon visual examination.
Custom mouthguards are important for children and adults who participate in sports and other activities where dental trauma is possible. While mouthguards can be purchased online or in stores, a custom-fitted mouthguard from a dentist is made with superior materials and offers better protection.
In some cases, removing a tooth is the only option for restoring dental health. We provide gentle tooth extractions in our office for your convenience, eliminating the need to find care from a specialist.
Why Choose San Francisco Dental Wellness
We believe that your oral health and your overall health are closely connected, which is why we place such an emphasis on preventative care. When we work together with you to care for your teeth and gums, you’ll not only experience better oral health, but you’ll also reduce your risk of a number of serious health conditions.
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventative dental care is a proactive approach to dental health that prioritizes preventing gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues with regular dental visits, teeth cleaning, and education.
Is a deep cleaning considered preventative?
While a dental cleaning is part of preventive dentistry, a deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing) is a periodontal treatment used for gum disease, so it is not considered preventative.
How often should you get a dental cleaning?
Most patients require a dental cleaning every six months, but if you have gum disease or other oral health issues, it’s possible that you may need more frequent dental cleanings.
Does a dental cleaning hurt?
We use ultrasonic tools for most of your dental cleaning, which is a more comfortable method of cleaning the teeth. Some tartar deposits may need to be removed with a scraping tool, but your hygienist will take care to avoid sensitive gum tissue.