Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” can and should be applied to oral health. Our practice echoes the philosophy of the American Dental Association, which recommends that everyone, even children and the elderly, visit their dentist regularly for a dental examination and professional cleaning. A minimum for most patients is two to four times a year, depending on the health of the gums.
Although at-home oral hygiene is important, a dental cleaning is more thorough and effective than just brushing and flossing at home. A dental cleaning removes stains or deposits on teeth, which can cause the buildup of the bacteria and plaque that lead to cavities and tooth decay. This bacterium is always present, even in a healthy mouth, which is why it must be removed to prevent buildup that can cause infection and tooth decay.
After the cleaning is complete, Dr. Hockel or Dr. Jardine will examine your teeth, evaluating your overall oral health. These evaluations are important for identifying any potential issues with your teeth, mouth or jawbone. When problems do arise, early detection and treatment are key.
The preventive care services offered by our office include:
• Dental cleanings
• Fluoride treatments
• Monitoring for gum disease
• Screenings for oral cancer
• Orthotropics (facial growth guidance for children)
• Airway health evaluation (for sleep apnea)
We are a general dentistry practice but welcome patients of any age, including children. Even infants should receive regular care from a qualified and experienced dentist, starting at their first birthday or when the first tooth erupts from the gum line – whichever comes first. A dentist also can monitor the growth of your child’s face and jawbone to ensure there are no developmental problems. This type of preventive measure is essential for children as their facial bones develop.
Make the commitment to lasting good oral health for you and your family by practicing prevention. Call 925-478-7776 to make an appointment at our office today.
Dr. Brian J. Hockel and Dr. Rebecca Jardine serve patients from Walnut Creek, Clayton, and Concord, California, as well as from the greater San Francisco East Bay area and beyond.