Preventive dental services to keep you healthy and pain-free. We've got you covered at Walnut Creek Dental Studio.
The mouth-body connection has a greater impact on your overall health than you might realize.
Mayo Clinic has outlined this two-way connection: without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can cause oral infection and inflammation that can contribute to diseases and conditions throughout the rest of the body, including cardiovascular disease and pneumonia. In the other direction, conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis are linked to gum disease and tooth / bone loss, respectively.
Make sure to stay up-to-date on your regular exams and cleanings in order to avoid painful, potentially costly issues within your mouth and throughout your body. Your oral health is a core part of your overall health and well-being!
Preventive dental services that we offer
Regular exams and cleanings
Plaque and tartar accumulate over time, even despite diligent brushing and flossing — and thorough in-office cleanings are the only way to reach everything and fully clean your teeth and gums. At Walnut Creek Dental Studio, our hygienists are extremely thorough in not only clearing out accumulated plaque and tartar, but also in examining your mouth and digital scans / x-rays to catch emerging issues early, before they progress into painful and costly restorative issues.
We'll take your full health history into account when both diagnosing potential issues and educating you on an optimal at-home care routine. And our automated online appointment reminders will help you stay current with regular visits.
Have you been experiencing unusual jaw soreness during the pandemic? Headaches, as well? Let us know – the cause might be bruxism (teeth grinding), even if you’re unaware that it’s been occurring.
Increased stress levels during the pandemic can cause subconscious teeth grinding, especially at night while we’re asleep – though it can occur during the day as well. Jaw soreness is the most common symptom, followed by headaches. Many of our patients arrive without any prior history of teeth grinding, and without any awareness that's it's occurring.
This issue has been arising in record numbers during the pandemic, often undiagnosed and resulting in painful, costly teeth fractures / breaks:
American Dental Association: New survey finds stress-related dental conditions continue to increase
New York Times: A Dentist Sees More Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?
Fortunately, there’s a straightforward solution that avoids damage to your teeth. We will take impressions of your teeth and work with our lab partners to create a custom-fitted night guard that will prevent damage to your teeth, with maximum comfort and durability.
If you've recently been experiencing unusual jaw soreness / pain and/or headaches, schedule an appointment to learn whether you're dealing with bruxism. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure here.
Other preventive services
Prescription of extra-strength fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, for those who need it
Placement of flouride varnish after cleanings, when needed