Orange Grove Family Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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The entire team at Orange Grove Family Dentistry believes in making sure visiting the dentist is as relaxing and comfortable as possible for your entire family. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dr. Kyle Nishimura enjoys taking all the time needed with each patient to ensure they understand how best to take care of their oral health. He also wants to make sure your questions are answered so you know why treatments might be recommended.

Because we hear many of the same questions from our patients, we have created a list of those and answered them here. Of course, if you have questions that are not included in this list, please be sure to give us a call or bring them along to your appointment so we can discuss them with you.

Our caring team of professionals enjoys being helpful to patients and creating a fun atmosphere. We can’t wait to meet you. We look forward to assisting you with all your questions regarding your family’s oral health!

Preventive Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning in order to keep their teeth healthy and avoid preventable dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.

The simple answer is that your toothbrush and floss just aren't able to clean all of the surfaces on your teeth, and these hard to reach spots can accumulate plaque that can lead to cavities. Additionally, coming to see us routinely will ensure that we are able to stay ahead of any potential issues that may come up and provide you the best care.

It can be disheartening when you are diligent about brushing and flossing each day only to find that you have a cavity when you go to the dentist. Unfortunately, in spite of your best efforts, sometimes genetics can make you more prone to cavities than other people.

Another reason people get cavities is their dietary habits. Sugar is the biggest culprit. Since you cannot change your genetics, you might want to take a look at your diet and clean it up, if necessary. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. If you do indulge, brush immediately after doing so.

It's also important that you stay current with your visits to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Digital x-rays and the intraoral camera can also help to detect cavities while they are still tiny so filling them will be quicker and they will not grow any bigger. 

When you come into our office, ask us about dental sealants. These provide a physical barrier that helps keep dental decay at bay in the grooves on your molars. We also offer a fluoride varnish that can be applied to your teeth. Both of these options can help prevent cavities from forming.

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