Preventive Dentistry at Portola Smiles
Healthy smiles for healthy families start with professional family dentistry. At Portola Smiles, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment. That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques. We also hire caring, highly trained professionals. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs; from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from regular check-ups to sophisticated dental surgery.
At Portola Smiles, we take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive dental services that our practice provides.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from tooth decay. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
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Cleanings, Exams and X-rays
Professional cleanings performed by a hygienist or dental assistant are as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Twice yearly dental check-ups and cleanings help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Read More About Dental Cleanings
Oral Cancer Screening
During your dental visit, Dr. Francine Abad can talk to you about your health history and examine you for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to Portola Smiles can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily. Read More About Oral Cancer
One of the best ways to keep your gums from bleeding when you come in for a cleaning is to floss regularly. Brushing your teeth before or after flossing is less important than whether you floss or not. Read More About Your Periodontal Health
Dentistry for Kids
Professional cleanings performed by a hygienist or dental assistant are as important to your child's dental health as are daily brushing and flossing. Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Twice yearly dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Read More About Dentistry for Kids
Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. Read More About Dental Sealants
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night. Read More About Sleep Apnea
Bruxism and Mouthguards
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Read More About Bruxism and Mouthguards