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Preventive Dentistry

Alamo Dental Excellence

General Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alamo, CA

Preventive dental care helps you to maintain good oral health throughout all stages of your life. At Alamo Dental Excellence in Alamo, California, Divian Patel, DSS, is your partner in maintaining the best oral health and preventing complications like tooth decay and gum disease. Make an appointment to get the preventive care you need to help keep your smile bright and healthy. Call the office or use the online tool to schedule.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the professional care necessary to maintain your best oral health. Preventive care begins when your first tooth comes in and continues throughout your life.


What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes your regular checkups at Alamo Dental Excellence. Plan on having these professional exams and cleanings every six months. Professional cleaning thoroughly removes plaque and tartar.

Your doctor can find gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, and early signs of decay during your exam. Dr. Patel can treat these problems before they cause serious complications like full-blown gum disease and tooth loss.


What at-home hygiene habits should I develop?

Dr. Patel recommends you brush your teeth two times each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Always uses fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Brush the soft tissue, too, including the top of your tongue, to remove extra food particles that could cause plaque and bad breath.

Because bacteria sit between your teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach, daily flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are essential steps in your at-home hygiene.

A balanced diet that includes few sugary treats, like hard candy and soda, promotes good oral health. Focus on nutritious foods like raw vegetables, fruits, plain yogurt, and cheese.


What role do dental sealants play in preventive dentistry?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where decay often sets in. Sealants protect your molars from decay. Around 80% of potential cavities in molars are prevented by sealants. They’re especially helpful for children.

Sealants don’t replace at-home hygiene but are an added layer of protection against decay.


How do mouthguards protect your teeth?

Anyone who plays a contact sport, like hockey and martial arts, benefits from a custom mouthguard to prevent impact injuries from damaging your smile.

A custom mouthguard is superior to the over-the-counter versions. It’s far more comfortable and effective in keeping your teeth safe. If you have a child who plays sports or you get out on the playing field yourself, talk to Dr. Patel about getting a mouthguard.

If it’s time for your dental checkup, call Alamo Dental Excellence today for an appointment or schedule online.