Preventive Dental Exams and Cleanings Help You Remain Proactive About Your Oral Health

Maintaining optimal oral health requires more than just addressing dental issues as they arise; it necessitates a proactive approach through preventative dentistry. At Harmony Smile Dental in Sunnyvale, California, we understand the significance of preventative care in preserving smiles for a lifetime. Dental exams and cleanings are fundamental pillars of preventative dentistry, pivotal in identifying potential problems early on and maintaining oral hygiene. 

Dental Exams Q&A

What’s Involved in Dental Exams?

During dental exams, your dentist conducts a comprehensive review of your medical history to identify any factors that may affect your oral health. They visually examine your tongue, teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of gum disease, decay, or oral cancer. X-rays may be taken to assess areas not visible to the naked eye, such as between teeth or below the gumline, to detect cavities or bone loss. Additionally, your dentist evaluates the health of your gums and performs an oral cancer screening to ensure early detection of abnormalities or lesions.

What’s Involved in Dental Cleanings?

During your dental cleaning, a hygienist removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, focusing on hard-to-reach areas. They polish your teeth to remove surface stains and plaque using gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric brush. Flossing between your teeth and along the gumline removes additional plaque and debris. Finally, a fluoride treatment strengthens enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Your hygienist also offers personalized oral hygiene instructions and recommendations for maintaining good oral health at home, including proper brushing and flossing techniques and product recommendations.

How Often Should I Have Dental Exams and Cleanings?

The frequency of dental exams and cleanings depends on your individual oral health needs and any underlying conditions you may have. However, in general, it’s recommended to schedule dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year or every six months. This regular schedule allows your dentist to monitor your oral health, detect any issues early on, and provide preventive care to maintain optimal dental health. 

Call Harmony Smile Dental in Sunnyvale, CA, today at (408) 738-1000 to schedule your dental exam and cleaning.

Dr. Zhao

Dr. Zhao

Dr. Ryan Zhao, DDS, PhD, the dental specialist at Harmony Smile Dental in Sunnyvale, California, prioritizes preventive care to optimize oral health. With a foundation of trust, compassion, and expertise, Dr. Zhao dedicates quality time to each patient, restoring smiles through state-of-the-art procedures. Holding a DDS from the University of California, San Francisco, and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he remains at the forefront of dentistry as a member of professional organizations. Fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese, Dr. Zhao's commitment to personalized care and continuous learning is reflected in his authoritative and trustworthy approach.