Preventive Dental Care
In La Jolla

Whether it’s been six months or six years since your last dental appointment, we’d love to help maintain your smile!

Preventive appointments are the heart of a positive oral care routine. Routine visits help our team prevent cavities and catch small oral issues before they become more involved.

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Our Hygiene Team

We are blessed to have over fifty years of experience in our hygiene department at Seaside Dental. No matter what your dental hygiene or preventive needs may be, you can rest assured that you will have access to the best of care thanks to our highly-trained and caring team.

What to Expect During Routine Visits

We’ll start by discussing your oral health and history. Then, our hygienists will clean your teeth and our doctors will perform a comprehensive oral exam to ensure that your mouth is healthy.

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Cleaning & Hygiene Appointments

To begin your hygiene appointment, one of our hygienists will examine your teeth, remove plaque and tartar,  then floss and gently polish your teeth.  Dental x-rays may be taken, if necessary. Lastly, one of our doctors will conduct an oral examination, and discuss your oral health and any questions or priorities you may have.

Laser Therapy

At our office, we invest in the latest dental technology to stay up-to-date and provide high-quality care. Our soft tissue laser allows us to treat issues like periodontal disease and cold sores, and take biopsies quickly without any pain. Laser treatment results in less discomfort and bleeding compared to traditional tools, ensuring your comfort throughout the process.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are a great way to restore teeth that have been weakened by the initial stages of decay. Fluoride helps to remineralize teeth by attracting essential minerals like phosphate and calcium. This strengthens your teeth and can even reverse minor decay, keeping your mouth healthy. This painless treatment takes only few minutes and consists of simply applying a fluoride-rich gel or varnish to your teeth. If you are cavity-prone, fluoride treatments are a great option for maintaining your oral health.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a proven and effective method of preventing cavities in at-risk individuals. They consist of a liquid resin that is applied to cavity-prone grooves or pits in the teeth. Then, a curing light is applied to harden the liquid resin material. This creates a strong, tooth-colored barrier that prevents aggregation of plaque, bacteria, and food debris. When properly applied, dental sealants can successfully reduce your cavity risk and prevent decay for years.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We include oral cancer screenings in all of our standard oral exams. We will use advanced tools like intraoral cameras to assess your dental health and keep an eye out for any potential signs of lesions or cancerous growths. Oral cancer screenings will give you peace of mind and ensure that you get the care you need in the rare event that we notice an issue.

Sedation Dentistry

We offer both minimally inhaled sedation (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation. Both are great options if you are anxious about your upcoming dental appointment or you would simply like to relax in the dental chair. Sedation is also beneficial for patients with a strong gag reflex. If you’re interested in sedation to keep you feeling safe and comfortable while your teeth are cleaned and examined, contact the team at Seaside Dental to go over your options.