Preventive Dentistry Specialist
Preventive Dentistry Specialist in Porterville, CA
Preventive Dentistry Q & A
- Routine checkups
- Dental sealants
- Cavity prevention
- Home care dental instructions
- Proper brushing techniques
- General patient education
- Professional dental cleanings
During a dental checkup, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other areas of your mouth. They check for early signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Routine cleanings are also an essential part of good oral health. A professional cleaning removes tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth to help prevent cavities.
Cleanings also remove bacteria and other debris from your gumline to prevent infection and disease. At each cleaning, your teeth also receive a polishing to remove stains and make your teeth feel and look squeaky-clean.
Dental sealants are a protective coating Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso may place over your molars to prevent food and other debris from causing cavities.
This thin coating is made from dental-safe materials and sticks to the chewing surface of your teeth. Sealants are effective in reducing tooth decay, especially in children who are still learning how to brush properly.
The sealant process is simple and painless. Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso clean and dry your tooth, then place an acidic gel on the surface of each tooth. After a brief wait, you rinse away the gel and they apply the sealant, using a special light to bond it to your teeth and make it harden.
Sealants last for up to several years and may need replacement when they wear away. Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso monitor the condition of your sealant at your routine checkups and reapply it as needed.
Learn more about the preventive dentistry services available at Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, by calling the office or using the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.