Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry in El Dorado Hills, CA means incorporating the best oral health practices today to help prevent dental issues tomorrow.

Best Practices for Better Oral Health

Dr. Albik follows guidelines put forward by the American Dental Association, which calls for:

  • Twice-yearly exams
  • Twice-yearly teeth cleanings
  • Periodic x-rays

For your part, we recommend:

  • Brushing and flossing twice per day
  • Avoiding sugary snacks
  • Visiting our dental office regularly

It’s important to remember that patients who visit the dentist twice per year for exams often have fewer cavities and lower their risk for periodontal disease.

Additionally, dental cleanings clear away the tartar and bacteria that your toothbrush and floss leave behind.

Maintaining your smile for life is a partnership between you and your top El Dorado Hills, CA dentist.

The full benefits of dental exams and cleanings help:

  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Prevent plaque and tartar buildup
  • Prevent bad breath
  • Prevent tooth stains
  • Prevent periodontal disease
  • Catch oral cancers early
  • Reveal subtle changes between dental visits

Periodontal Treatments to Help Prevent Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease often results from poor preventive dentistry. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and even systemic health issues.

The symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Toothaches or tooth sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing

Dr. Albik utilizes the best therapies to help halt your periodontal disease and save your teeth.

These practices may include:

  • Instructions for a custom oral hygiene routine at home
  • Extra scheduled cleanings with our hygienist
  • Deep cleanings and treatments in our El Dorado Hills, CA dental office
  • Surgery

Custom Night Guards to Save Your Smile

A night guard is a thin protective device for your teeth that helps combat bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you clench, grind, and gnash your teeth—especially while sleeping.

This device, customized to fit the unique contours of your mouth, works like a protective layer between the top and bottom of your teeth. It serves as a cushion so that you won’t damage your teeth while you are asleep.

Having a night guard will position your teeth naturally and protect them from any pressure created when grinding or clenching.

A custom night guard may also help prevent jaw pain, which often results from bruxism.

It’s important to rely on a custom appliance when it comes to grinding. A store-bought product may not adequately prevent grinding and tooth breakage because these appliances are not designed to fit the contours of your mouth and might be loose or bulky.

Contact Our El Dorado Hills, CA Dental Office

If you would like to schedule exams and cleanings for yourself and your family, get in touch with us today.

We proudly serve patients in Folsom, Cameron Park, Placerville, Fair Oaks, Rancho Murieta, Shingle Springs, Orangevale, and beyond.