Preventive Dentistry

Modern Day Dental

Andrew Day, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Santa Clara, CA

You have probably heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to dental health care. Preventive dentistry services with Andrew Day, DDS, and the team at Modern Day Dental in Santa Clara, California, can save you time, money, and most importantly, pain. If you’re due for a dental exam or another preventive dentistry service, call Modern Day Dental.

Preventive Dentistry Q&A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry focuses on protecting and maintaining your oral health. Many dental health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are easily preventable. 

Ideally, routine preventive dentistry should help maintain your dental health and smile for your entire life.  Dr. Day and his team at Modern Day Dental believe that starting preventive dental care early is critical. It allows for conservative dental care to maintain a lifetime of oral health.

The team offers dental exams for infants and toddlers as soon as their first tooth erupts. They can teach you how to take care of your child’s gums and teeth and start excellent at-home care as early as possible.

What is included in preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes various in-office and at-home practices and treatments. 

In-office services

Dr. Day offers comprehensive dental exams and cleanings at Modern Day Dental. Your exam includes X-rays, intraoral photography, oral cancer screenings, and gum disease checks. 

The team of hygienists also provide gentle but thorough dental cleanings. They carefully scrape away any plaque or tartar from the surface of your teeth. Then, they polish your teeth until they shine. Finally, your provider flosses your teeth.  

Dr. Day and his team also offer fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and other services to protect your teeth and gums from decay and disease.

At-home preventive care

The best thing you can do to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is to take care of your teeth at home. The American Dental Association’s guidance is to spend two minutes, twice a day brushing your teeth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste that includes fluoride. 

Also, floss your teeth at least once a day. Dr. Day and his hygienists can teach you some flossing techniques to make this critical task quicker and easier. 

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Preventive dentistry offers many benefits. It lowers your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious dental problems. It also helps promote good oral hygiene habits.

Regular preventive dental check-ups allow Dr. Day to examine your mouth, jaw, and neck as well as your teeth and gums. He can identify potential dental health problems early, which might help minimize disruption to your life as well as treatment and cost. 

Preventive dental care can also help minimize the effects of other health issues, such as diabetes, on your oral health.

For your preventive dentistry appointment, call the office or use our request form for more information!