Preventive Dentistry

At Castro Valley Dental Home, our primary goal is to provide outstanding care to prevent tooth decay and other serious dental problems. With regular dental visits and education in good oral hygiene habits, such as proper brushing technique and a balanced diet, Dr. Matthew Yuen can dramatically reduce your risk for dental decay, tooth loss, and other oral health issues. Plus, our treatment for TMJ Disorder can ease chronic pain and ward off long-lasting damage to your jaw joints. But, no matter what preventive dental services you receive, our commitment to patient comfort and communication remains the same.

Checkups and Cleanings

Along with good oral health habits at home, routine checkups and teeth cleanings are vital to protecting your teeth and gums. Your dentist or dental hygienist will remove harmful plaque and tartar at all professional cleanings. These substances keep bacteria trapped against your teeth. Unfortunately, they will lead to tooth decay, abscesses, and gum disease over time. 

Oral exams are another essential part of preventive dentistry because they allow us to look for early signs of decay, periodontitis, misalignment, and other oral health concerns. Along with a visual exam, our office offers digital x-rays. 

With digital x-rays, you can feel safe knowing you won’t be exposed to high levels of radiation. This advanced technology also provides high-quality, detailed images of your mouth, so issues like decay between teeth, cysts, bone deterioration, abscesses, and impacted teeth rarely go unnoticed. If we spot anything amiss, we can provide immediate treatment that will minimize the damage to your oral health. 

Routine exams are also vital because they include an oral cancer screening, a vital tool to catch the disease in the earliest and most treatable stages. 

We typically recommend preventive dental visits every six months for optimal dental health. However, if you have chronic oral health conditions, we may suggest that you visit the dentist's office more frequently.

Ultrasonic Scaling

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition when bacteria create pockets in your soft gum tissue. As these pockets grow more significant, you may experience bleeding and inflammation. In the advanced stages, gum recession can also lead to dental sensitivity and even tooth loss. Ultrasonic scaling is an ultra-modern treatment for this all-too-common condition.  

During scaling and root planning, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gum line. He will also smooth your dental roots since a rough expanse creates more surface area to which bacteria can adhere. In addition, an ultrasonic scaler uses sound waves to remove harmful substances, so the procedure involves minimal discomfort. Most importantly, this preventive dentistry treatment can save your teeth and prevent severe, chronic inflammation that could affect your overall health.  Untreated gum disease can lead to chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease.

Treatment for TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder affects the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jaw to the skull. When these joints are damaged, it can cause pain every time you open or close your mouth. Many times, pain can spread across your face into your neck and ears. TMJ Disorder can also cause chronic headaches, ringing in your ears, and a popping noise accompanying jaw movement.

We typically treat mild to moderate TMJ Disorder with customized mouthpieces. These devices realign the jaw to reduce pressure on the joints. In addition, some patients only need to wear their appliances at night, while others benefit from daytime use. Our team can also guide you in lifestyle changes to help reduce chronic pain.

Schedule Your Preventive Dental Service to Protect Your Healthy Smile 

Don’t put your smile at risk or suffer from poor oral health. Contact our dental office online or call 510-886-3888 to schedule routine preventive dental care for yourself or someone in your family. We proudly serve patients of all ages in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Dublin, and the surrounding areas.

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