Preventive Dentistry

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

The best way to keep your smile bright and beautiful is to come into Restore Health Dentistry for regular checkups. Dr. William is an expert in preventative care and can provide you with the treatment you need to avoid issues like cavities and gum disease, and make sure your smile stays bright.

We treat patients of all ages, so schedule an appointment today to learn more about preventative dental care at our family-focused dental practice.

KEEP YOUR SMILE BRIGHT WITH TEETH CLEANINGS AND ORAL EXAMS

At Restore Health Dentistry, we provide convenient, thorough cleanings and exams that help keep your smile healthy. A professional teeth cleaning helps you get rid of plaque and tartar that you can’t remove on your own, and allows our dental hygienists to find any potential issues with your smile, such as tooth decay or gingivitis.

Dr. William will provide you with a comprehensive oral exam, and identify any issues with your teeth that may require immediate attention. By catching common oral health problems like cavities early, we can save you time, money and unnecessary stress. In addition, we do our best to keep our oral exams and cleanings affordable, so that you can get quality preventative dental care in Los Alamitos and Lakewood on any budget.

FIGHT BACK AGAINST PERIODONTAL DISEASE WITH DEEP CLEANINGS

Gum disease affects more than 50% of all American adults. If you have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a deep cleaning which is also called scaling and root planing can help you fight and destroy the infection that causes gum disease. One of our dentists or hygienists will use special tools to remove plaque and bacteria from the gums and roots of your teeth, which can completely eliminate most cases of gingivitis. In addition to this, we also use ozone during our deep cleaning treatments to kill bacteria and increase oxygen levels. This, in turn, promotes faster healing for gum tissues.

PREVENT CAVITIES WITH DENTAL SEALANTS

Dental sealants are a great way to protect against cavities, and also can be used on patients of all ages. Dr. William will paint a special type of dental resin onto your rear teeth after your teeth cleaning. Then, a UV light is used to cure the resin, creating a strong plastic barrier which prevents acid, bacteria and food from contacting your molars. In turn, this barrier helps prevent the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.

Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Did you know that the health of your teeth and gums is connected to the health of the rest of your organs? When someone presents with severe oral health problems all of a sudden, it can be a sign that something else is going on, such as an underlying illness or medical condition.


Patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease are twice as likely to die from a heart attack and 3 times as likely to have a stroke. This connection between oral health and overall health is a serious one and one that should not be taken for granted. Teeth and gums that are in poor condition can make it more of a struggle to chew your food, speak clearly, and can also cause social problems in children.


Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common oral health conditions found in dental patients. They are often caused by improper oral hygiene such as inadequate brushing and flossing. This leads to food particles being left behind in the mouth which bacterial plaque feeds off of and transforms into acids that attack the tooth’s enamel. 


When a patient has a buildup of plaque in the mouth that is left untreated, it will turn into tartar. Plaque and tartar need to be professionally removed through scaling and planing or the condition of your teeth and gums will only worsen. Studies have shown that there is a link between tooth decay, gum disease, and other medical conditions, such as:


  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Birth complications
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when bacteria in the mouth is left untreated and leads to an infection in the gums. Gingivitis is the first stage before the infection turns into gum disease. Because this is a very early stage and symptoms are mild, it’s easy for patients to miss the warning signs or notice that anything is wrong. 


However, early detection is crucial, because gum disease can be stopped in its tracks with a traditional dental cleaning in the earliest stages. The warning signs of gum disease include:


  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Darkened or red gums
  • Foul breath/bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Bleeding gums


If gingivitis is left untreated, it will develop into irreversible gum disease. During stage two, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate, leading to bone loss. The warning signs of gum disease include severely receded gums, pockets forming in the gums that trap bacteria, loose or shifting teeth, changes in your bite, and as the disease progresses, tooth loss.

Why is Preventive Dentistry Important?

Preventive dentistry is so important because it is the most cost-effective and time-sensitive way to prevent serious oral health problems which impact your overall health. Neglecting to attend regular dental cleanings and checkups increases your risk of having undetected tooth decay or gum disease. 


When left untreated, an infection can spread into the bloodstream and quickly become a serious problem. When problems with your teeth are left untreated, the problem will only become more severe, requiring more complex and expensive dental treatments later on. 


We may even be unable to salvage the tooth if it has become severely decayed and it will need to be extracted. Tooth loss is something that should be avoided at all costs. A lost tooth will need to be replaced with dentures, dental implants, or bridges to prevent the teeth from shifting. 


However, the only tooth replacements that will prevent further bone loss and changes in your facial structure are dental implants. Engaging in early detection and preventative treatments will save you time, money, and possibly teeth. 


Don’t neglect your oral health - it can have serious consequences. Schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Nancy William at Restore Health Dentistry by contacting us at (562) 936-0071 or book online.

GET THE PREVENTATIVE CARE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR SMILE BRIGHT!

At Restore Health Dentistry, we provide family-friendly dentistry to patients of all ages. If you are in need of a new preventative dentist in Lakewood, come in for an appointment today. You can contact us at (562) 936-0071 to get started, or visit either our Lakewood or Los Alamitos office.