dentist Santa AnaDid you know that with proper oral hygiene, regular cleanings, and preventive dental treatments, your teeth could last a lifetime? By committing to healthy dental habits and routine professional care from our dentist, you can enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health and prevent the need for costly or invasive restorative procedures in the future.

Why Teeth Require Professional Care

While teeth are particularly strong structures because they are mineralized like bone, they are not indestructible. Unique to other parts of the body, a damaged tooth cannot repair itself. This means that common problems such as tooth decay or a fractured tooth require professional treatment to restore it to its proper shape and size while also preventing further damage.

Types of Preventive Dental Treatments

Fortunately, there are preventive treatments available that can strengthen the structure of teeth and reduce the incidence of conditions like gum disease and tooth decay. Your first line of defense against decay and periodontal disease is professional prophylaxis, also known as a dental cleaning. Our dental hygienists utilize special dental tools that remove harmful substances left behind from food and inadequate oral hygiene. Although brushing and flossing is extremely important, tartar buildup cannot be removed by home-based oral hygiene practices. During a dental cleaning, our team will gently scrape away tartar deposits on teeth and along the gum line and then professionally polish teeth to an impeccable shine.

Other preventive options available at our practice include the administration of fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants. Fluoride is scientifically proven to strengthen the protective barrier around teeth called tooth enamel. This treatment can help keep cavity-causing bacteria from eating through a tooth’s structures.

Dental sealants are ideal for placement along the molars, which tend to have fissures where bacteria and debris collect. A dental sealant fills in the pits and grooves of teeth to help make proper oral hygiene easier.

To schedule an examination with our experienced dentist, Dr. Amy M. Durisin, call 714-543-1170 today.