Why Preventive Dentistry is Important

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by La Jolla Dentist | Mar 24, 2018 | General Dentistry

When it comes to dentistry, preventive dentistry is important, the most important. This is because it prevents all serious dental problems from occurring. This can save you money and pain. There are a lot of factors that go into preventive dentistry including taking care of your teeth at home and visiting our La Jolla dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning. Continue reading to find out why preventive dentistry is important at La Jolla Dental Image.

Preventive Care at Home

Preventive dentistry at home includes brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. This means you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. These actions help remove plaque, tartar, and food or sugar from your teeth. This is the top way to prevent cavities in your mouth. Be sure to choose a toothbrush and toothpaste recommended by the ADA. We also recommend patients choose an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush for the most effective results. We can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for your smile if you wish. Other preventive actions you can take at home is using a fluoride mouthwash. This gives your smile extra protection against cavities.

Dental Cleanings and Exams

Every 6 months you should be in our La Jolla dentist office for a complete dental exam and dental cleaning. During this time, our dentist will examine your mouth to look for any signs of decay. He will also take x-rays to find any underlying problems. This way, he is able to find problems before they become severe. Early treatment will make your problem only need a simple treatment like a filling. When it goes too long without being noticed, you risk serious procedures like root canals which can also involve dental crowns. This can get expensive and you will find yourself to be in a lot of pain. Be sure to visit our La Jolla dentist every 6 months to for thorough dental cleanings. Our hygienist will remove any stubborn plaque and tartar that can cause problems down the road. Preventive dentistry is important for maintaining optimal dental health.


Our dentist in La Jolla considers orthodontics a preventive dentistry procedure. This is because misaligned teeth can cause serious dental problems down the road. This includes uneven wear of your teeth, TMJ, and even cavities from your teeth being hard to clean (usually when they are crowded). You can prevent all of these serious dental problems when you receive an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign in La Jolla. Talk to Dr. Hamidy to find out why preventive dentistry is important and how braces can help protect your teeth.

Mouth Guards and Night Guards

If you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth at night or play a contact sport, wearing a mouth guard or night guard is important. Wearing a night guard protects your teeth at night from inflicting any damage like worn down or cracked teeth. This can also cause receding gums. Mouth guards should always be worn during sports to protect your teeth in case they come into a hard physical contact. Preventive dentistry is important in all aspects of your life, even during sleep and sports.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

Make sure you are taking care of your teeth at home by brushing and flossing and eating a healthy diet and we will do our part by cleaning and examining your teeth every 6 months. Preventive dentistry is effective and preventing you from serious problems. Schedule your next exam today by giving us a call at our La Jolla dentist office or filling out our online contact form.