Preventive Dentistry in Coronado

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Why Preventive Care Is Important

Preventive dental care keeps your smile healthy and bright and prevents stains

Regular cleanings and oral exams allow us to keep an eye out for tooth decay, gum disease, and more

Getting preventive treatment saves you time & money by helping you avoid the need for restorative dental work

You’ll get peace of mind, knowing that your mouth is healthy and free of any potential issues

What Are Fluoride Treatments?

Fluoride treatments can be provided alongside regular six-month cleanings to keep your teeth strong and healthy, and prevent cavities. Dr. Villalobos or Dr. Meadows will apply a thin layer of fluoride-rich gel or paste to your teeth, then rinse it away after a few minutes.

Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize or strengthen enamel by attracting essential minerals like calcium and phosphorus the surfaces of your teeth. Because of this, regular fluoride treatments keep your teeth strong and can even reverse minor tooth decay (also known as soft spots).

What Are Dental Sealants?

When properly applied, dental sealants can last up to 10 years, and completely prevent the formation of cavities. They are usually used only on the rear teeth, as these are more cavity-prone. 

Sealants consist of a liquid resin that is applied to each tooth individually. This resin is hardened into a clear, durable plastic barrier using a UV light. After this barrier is formed, it protects your enamel from direct contact between oral bacteria, acid and food particles, thereby preventing tooth decay.

What Is Involved In An Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer screenings are beneficial for patients of all ages. Regular exams from a dentist can ensure any potential concerns are dealt with right away. Oral cancer screenings are part of every comprehensive oral exam at our office. 

Dr. Meadows or Dr. Villalobos will examine your mouth for any potential signs of oral cancer, such as discolored patches of skin, abnormal bumps or lesions on your tongue, lips, gums, or cheeks. We use intraoral cameras to get a close look at any potential irregularities and in the rare case that we notice an issue, you’ll be able to get help right away.

Do I Need a Mouthguard for Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a serious issue for many Americans, particularly at night. Repeated, forceful teeth grinding can result in premature damage and wear & tear to your teeth. It also increases your risk of problems like TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), a painful disorder of your jaw joints.

A mouthguard can be a life-changing device if you grind your teeth regularly and suffer from symptoms like headaches, premature tooth damage, and a painful jaw. This plastic oral appliance is designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and prevent direct tooth-to-tooth contact. 

Do I Need Periodontal Care for Gum Disease?

The most common symptoms of early gum disease include swelling and inflammation of the gums, gum discoloration, and bleeding excessively when brushing or flossing. Some patients may also get halitosis (persistent bad breath) due to bacteria buildup in the mouth. 

If you notice any of these issues, you may need periodontal care, such as deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) at Coronado Dental Associates. During this treatment, we’ll clean between your gums and teeth and smooth the roots of your teeth to remove bacteria. Along with antibiotics, this is often enough to resolve cases of gingivitis.

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