Preventative Dentistry Berkeley, CA

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The foundation for an attractive smile is good oral health, which unfortunately is not a given for most people. The most cost-effective and healthy approach for ensuring optimal oral health is to adopt preventative measures instead of waiting until a problem develops.

Like most things in life, especially anything that revolves around your health, it’s generally always easier, safer, and easier on your wallet to nip things in the bud. It’s always easier to treat a small chip than it is to undergo restorative dental treatments.

At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, preventive dentistry is significant and crucial. If you ever suffer from tooth, gum, nerve, or jaw pain, please give us a call immediately to schedule an emergency dental treatment. Oral pain is almost always indicative of a giant iceberg underneath.

Our Berkely prosthodontist, Dr. Amy Au, is highly-skilled in preventive dentistry along with dental restorations. Our trained and experienced dentists Dr. Barbara Curtis and Dr. Donald Curtis, are available to answer any dental questions or provide necessary oral health treatments.

Preventative Dental Treatments to Protect Your Oral Health

One of our chief practice philosophies is to focus on disease prevention since, generally, the fewer restorations required, the healthier the dentition and smile. We seek to find a personalized preventative and maintenance plan that best suits your individual needs.

An essential part of prevention is comprehensive dental exams. At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, our doctors perform extensive, detailed exams so you can rest assured that we’re checking the condition of everything from the tissue to the teeth. We even check your temporomandibular joint to evaluate how it is affecting your oral health.

Good oral health is dependent on the condition of your gums, which are a very accurate indicator of your oral health. Routine periodontal checkups are essential, so we can chart your gums, which includes taking measurements of gum pockets to see if they are a cause for concern or if they are growing due to periodontal disease.

How Our Oral Health Affects Our General Wellbeing

It's essential to keep in mind that your oral health is an indicator of how the rest of your general health is functioning. Multiple studies have proven the link between both; in fact, we understand that inflammation from gum disease and chronic health conditions are often the same. The same bacteria that is the cause for periodontal disease enters your bloodstream and can cause general health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Dementia

It is critical that patients take care of their oral health through routine preventive dental visits. Even if it's been a while since your last dental cleaning, we urge you to call Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry today to schedule your routine dental check-up.

What Dental Exams Look Like

Many Berkeley patients are typically told by varying dentists that commonly dental check-ups are recommended every six months; in actual truth, some patients may need more frequent follow-ups. Dr. Au may recommend recurrent dental cleanings that span a few months apart. If you have had gum disease, tooth decay or infection, or gum inflammation recently, you may benefit from seeing your dentist every few months.

It’s important to be able to monitor your oral health progress. During your check-in with our Berkely dental office, we offer our wide array of dental exams and digital x-rays to get a good evaluation of our teeth, gums, and mouth. We also screen for oral cancer and check your neck and surrounding areas. Your Berkeley dentist will visually examine your teeth and gums and look for signs of abnormalities.

Dr. Au will examine your gums and check for inflammation and gum disease, along with tooth decay and infection. We like to utilize panoramic and digital x-rays so we can get clear images of your oral structure. We always check for even the smallest signs of gum disease, and we can check your hard and soft tissue for underlying problems. 

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s rest? Does your partner complain about your loud and constant snoring? We can check for sleep apnea to ensure that you are not obstructing your breath. If you have jaw pains, we may recommend a nightguard to prevent teeth grinding or clenching.

Give us a call today to diagnose and treat any oral health issues!

Evaluating Your Risk for Caries at Our Berkeley, CA Dental Office

At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we apply the CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) philosophy to our preventive treatments.

CAMBRA is an evidence-based approach for preventing and treating caries. Once we identify your risk (low, moderate, or extreme), we can develop a therapeutic and preventive plan for treatment.

For example, if you are at high caries risk, we may prescribe you Prevident 5000ppm toothpaste to help slow the caries disease process and remineralize your teeth. An integral part of exams is digital radiographs, which allow us to produce detailed images of the inside of your teeth. These images are another invaluable diagnostic tool because we can quickly identify early dental conditions and treat them before they get worse and threaten your oral health.

We encourage you to be an active participant in your dental exams, and digital radiographs are an excellent educational tool because we can share the high-resolution images with you. This helps you quickly see what we see, providing you with the immediate, detailed feedback you need to make confident decisions about your treatment.

Preventive Dentistry That Helps Your Whole Family

We highly encourage and recommend daily brushing and flossing to combat and prevent a multitude of oral health issues; yet, even rigorous at-home care can never truly eliminate the build-up of tartar. Only a dental professional can completely remove tartar that will always happen. By bringing your family in for dental cleanings, you help polish and remove any harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc over time.

At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we use special dentistry instruments that can thoroughly clean your teeth and gums in places your toothbrush and floss can never reach. Without dental cleanings, your built-up tartar can easily become gum disease and tooth decay. Without treatment, these serious dental conditions can eventually lead to tooth loss. Our highly-trained dental staff is always available to answer any dental questions, demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques, and more.

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Whether you simply want to maintain your good oral health or you have neglected your teeth and need dental attention, the team at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry is here to help.

We would love to be part of your effort to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. If it’s time for you to schedule your next exam and professional cleaning, please call our Berkeley, CA, dental office, to arrange a convenient appointment.

We look forward to working with you to help you enjoy the immense benefits of optimal oral health!

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