Preventive Dentistry

Preventive DentistryThe joy of working as a dentist is realizing that a large part of your labor involves preventive health care — keeping disease away from your patients. Our Yuba City dentists take pride in helping you and your family avoid cavities, gum disease and other oral complications. Regular preventive dental care, combined with good oral hygiene habits, helps you keep your teeth for life!

Preventive dentistry at the Yuba City Dental Group includes the following procedures:

Dental Exams

A dental exam is more than a quick look at your teeth and gums. It’s a careful process involving a search for gum disease, cavities and oral cysts, tumors and disease. Dentists are often the first medical professionals to recognize and diagnose cases of oral cancer, so your regular dental exam protects not just your teeth — it might save your life!

Dental Cleanings

This semi-annual tradition in dental care is the primary way to remove bacterial colonies from contact with your teeth and gums. The hard tartar or calculus left by oral bacteria is analogous to the coral reefs constructed in the world’s oceans. Tiny organisms build these structures in their habitat. In the case of oral bacteria, their home is your mouth. Dental cleanings “evict” these freeloaders, protecting your gums and enamel from decay.

X-Rays and Digital Imaging

X-rays and intraoral cameras provide modern dentistry with a far better view of what’s taking place on the surface and underneath the teeth and gums. Many problems, especially with cysts and abscesses, are caught via x-ray imaging. Hairline cracks in the enamel that can expand to become serious problems are often seen on digital camera images, although they’re missed by the human eye.

Gum Disease Treatment

Left untreated, gum disease will destroy your oral tissues and the bone surrounding the roots of your teeth. Perfectly healthy teeth are often lost due to unhealthy gums and jawbones. Don’t let your teeth suffer this fate — if your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, or if you have bad breath that just won’t go away, you are likely suffering from gum disease. Fast treatment prevents gum and tooth loss! Learn more in this section of our website.

Customized Mouthguards and Nightguards

It’s a shame when perfectly good teeth are damaged by sporting accidents or teeth grinding. Customized mouthguards and nightguards prevent tooth loss and tissue damage. They are far superior to any over-the-counter product in fit and comfort.

The Yuba City Dental Group is dedicated to protecting and preserving your teeth. Learn more about how we do it in the Preventive Dentistry section of our website.