Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Westlake Smile Studio

Mimi Theerathada, D.M.D.

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Westlake Village, CA

At Westlake Smile Studio, a major part of providing comprehensive dental care to Westlake Village, California, area patients is our commitment to preventive dentistry. Mimi Theerathada, DMD, provides patients in the Los Angeles Area with general and preventive dentistry services aimed at helping patients prevent diseases and enjoy healthy teeth and gums for the rest of their lives. Call the office or schedule an appointment to learn more about what steps you can take towards preventive dentistry.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on treatments and methods to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay so you can enjoy better oral health for years to come. It includes routine office visits, dental cleanings, x-rays, oral cancer screenings and other evaluations and treatments aimed at maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

What happens during a routine checkup and dental cleaning?

Your check-up will begin with a review of any symptoms you're having as well as a medical history to look for potential risk factors that could increase the likelihood of developing a dental issue like gum disease or oral cancer. The hygienist will clean your teeth to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, paying special attention to hard-to-reach areas like between your teeth and at the gum line.

Once your cleaning is complete, the hygienist will be able to tell where your brushing and flossing techniques need improvement to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Next, your teeth and gums will be carefully examined for signs of decay and disease, and an oral cancer screening will be performed. X-rays may also be taken to the portion of your tooth below the gum line and your jaw bone can be evaluated as well.

Finally, treatment recommendations will be discussed so you can get the treatments you need to ensure optimal oral health.

What is included in basic dental care?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all people start following some basic dental care practices starting at an early age. Best practices for oral health include:

  • Daily tooth brushing, at least twice a day
  • Daily flossing to clean between the teeth
  • Annual visits to the dentist, once or twice per year depending on risk for dental disease
  • Eating a balanced diet

Remember that you only visit your dentist a few times a year. The overall health of your teeth and gums must be cared for at home through daily care. Following these basic dental hygiene tips will help you maintain good oral health across your lifetime.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends adults and children see the dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups, and more often if special care is needed, such as gum disease treatments.

Having a checkup every six months enables the dentist to catch serious issues in their earliest stages when they can be most effectively treated, plus it provides the dentist with a chance to perform oral cancer screenings.

Call the office or request an appointment online to schedule your next dental visit.