Preventative Dentistry Arcadia CA
At Maria Kim, DMD, we take a preventive approach to dental treatment. Because it is easier to prevent a problem than to treat it, we design preventive plans to meet the oral health needs of our patients and focus on early diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
When you join our dental practice as a new patient, Dr. Kim will perform a comprehensive oral examination of your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw joints to determine your current oral health. We will never make you feel bad about your conditions, even if it has been awhile since you visited the dentist. Our team is friendly, understanding, and will support you in getting your oral health back on track.
Diagnostic x-rays are the best way to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth. We use dental x-rays, with low radiation, to identify decay, fractures, infection, and bone loss. Diagnosing conditions early saves you time and money. Dental x-rays are extremely high speed, safe, and so low in radiation that you actually absorb more radiation from the sun. Our dentist will then take the time to help you determine the best dental treatments for your needs.
Your dentist is often your first line of defense when it comes to oral cancer. At each exam, we will look for suspicious lesions and pre-cancerous tissue. An oral cancer screening from Dr. Kim could save your life!
Preventive Dental Cleanings
Even if you brush and floss as recommended, it is common to have tartar build up at your gum line and between your teeth. We use precision instruments to gently remove all traces of tartar and to keep your gums healthy. Nothing compares to the fresh, smooth feeling you have after a professional dental cleaning!
Healing Periodontal Treatments
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of American adults suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have linked periodontal disease to serious conditions such as heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes.
If you have symptoms such as bleeding gums, pain, gum recession, bad breath, or tooth mobility, we can help restore your oral health and comfort. Deep cleanings to remove infection and bacteria will allow your gums to heal. Healthy gums are the foundation for your teeth and essential to good overall health!
Additional Preventive Treatments
Some people, especially children, can benefit from the added security of additional preventive treatments. We address the problem of decay before it starts with fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride – Bacteria create an acidic environment in your mouth that softens your teeth’s protective enamel. Fluoride treatments strengthen your enamel in addition to reducing sensitivity due to recession.
Dental Sealants – Dental sealants work by creating a barrier between your teeth and the food particles and bacteria that cause decay. Sealants cover the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, where decay is most common. Because they last up to five years, sealants are a cost-effective complement to regular home care and professional dental cleanings.
Nightguards – Your jaw exerts enormous force. A nocturnal grinding or clenching habit can cause damage to your teeth. Wearing a nightguard creates a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, providing a buffer. We create custom appliances that fit snugly and feel comfortable.
Snore guards - Experience restful sleep with our highly-effective snore guards that allow you to breathe easy. Snore guards work by gently moving your lower jaw forward while you sleep, opening your airway.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
Contact our Arcadia, CA dental office to schedule your next appointment. Our team looks forward to welcoming you to our office and giving you the great care you deserve.