The doctors and staff of Ocean View Dental Care believe that preventative treatments are key to staying ahead of dental problems. We recommend that patients visit our San Clemente, CA dental practice twice a year for cleanings and exams. Patients who have risk factors for gum disease or tooth decay may benefit from more frequent visits.
Benefits of Routine Cleanings and Exams
Dental cleanings and exams are preventative treatments that allow you to avoid potentially costly restorative treatments. Two common dental problems that can be effectively treated during these visits are gum disease and tooth decay. Mild forms of gum disease (gingivitis) are easily treatable by undergoing twice-a-year dental cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene habits.
If a member of our dental team sees signs of gum disease, you will be given tips and advice on how to address gum disease before it poses a more serious danger to your oral health. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in this country, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Exams allow one of our doctors to detect the early stages of tooth decay. If one of our doctors sees a small cavity, the small pit or hole can be cleaned and filled with little to no discomfort. Exams also allow patients to identify other problems (bruxism, TMJ disorder, oral cancer, impacted teeth) before they cause serious complications. To diagnose dental problems in their early stages, our office offers advanced technology, including digital imaging.
Dental Cleaning Overview
Twice-a-year dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is calcified plaque that cannot be removed at home. Only the special tools employed by a trained oral hygienist can remove the pockets of buildup. Our office offers the Cavitron, an ultrasonic scaling system. The Cavitron removes tartar quickly and efficiently. The advanced device also has less of an impact on the patient’s teeth because less pressure is applied to the teeth and jaws. Many of our San Clemente patients report that the device delivers a more comfortable cleaning experience.
Dental Exam Overview
Dental exams can be scheduled during your cleanings. Exams typically involve a visual exam of your teeth and jawbone and the taking of x-rays. Our advanced digital x-rays can determine if you have problems related to the oral structure (teeth, jaws, and sinuses). During your exam, one of our doctors will look for signs of lesions, oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. If you are found to have a minor dental problem, the issue may be treated during your visit. If you require more extensive treatment, a member of our dental team will schedule a follow-up visit before you leave.
Exams are also a great time for patients to report any discomfort or oral health problems they have noticed. If you have any questions or concerns, these twice-a-year visits are a great to time glean advice from an experienced oral healthcare professional.
Schedule Your Next Visit to Your San Clemente Dentist Today
Staying ahead of dental problems can save you money in the long term. We are currently running a $79 adult cleaning, x-ray, and exam special for new patients who do not have insurance. The package deal is worth $375. To schedule your next visit to our office, please contact our staff online or call (949) 388-0780.