Preventive Dentistry

Gus Huerta, DDS -  - General Dentist

Gus Huerta, DDS

General Dentist located in Sherman Oaks, CA

Preventive dentistry is the key to maintaining your oral health and a smile you’re happy to show off! Gus Huerta, DDS, in Sherman Oaks, California, provides dental cleanings and exams for routine preventive dentistry that ensures a healthy smile. Schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and cleaning today by calling the practice or filling out the online form.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of taking care of your teeth and mouth on an ongoing basis to maintain good oral health. Preventive dentistry means going to the dentist when you don’t have a toothache or dental problem, and combined with adequate oral hygiene at home, is the best way to avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental concerns.

What are dental cleanings?

A dental cleaning from a dental hygienist or dentist is the cornerstone of preventive dentistry. Dr. Huerta recommends that you see the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings to remove all of the built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. If you have cavities or dental concerns, he may recommend a more frequent schedule. 

During dental cleaning appointments, Dr. Huerta also gives a routine exam to inspect your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental conditions. He may take X-rays of your mouth to ensure there are no small cavities developing that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Why do I need dental cleanings?

If you brush and floss twice a day and even use a mouthwash, you may wonder why you need dental cleanings at the dentist. Dental cleanings and exams help prevent future problems, or enable treatment of dental problems at the earliest stages before they’ve had a chance to develop into larger, more complex, and expensive problems. Preventive dentistry cleanings and exams help keep your smile healthy by staying ahead of any problems.

Tooth decay and gum disease require more involved treatments the longer you have them. By practicing good oral hygiene and seeing a dentist regularly for preventive care, you can save yourself the discomfort, time, and expense of treating gum disease or tooth decay in their advanced stages.

Dental cleanings also help keep your smile bright and white. Regardless of how good your daily oral hygiene practice is at home, there are bound to be areas in your mouth that you’re unable to clean as thoroughly as your dental team can. Once tartar builds up on your teeth, it can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Over time, tartar buildup will dull your smile and give your teeth a discolored appearance.

What can I do about teeth grinding?

If you grind or clench your teeth when sleeping, your teeth and jaws are under excessive wear-and-tear. Headaches and earaches can develop in addition to dental problems. Talk to Dr. Huerta during your preventive dentistry appointments about teeth grinding, so he can determine whether mouthguards can help you. 

You wear a mouthguard, or occlusal guard, while you’re sleeping to prevent your teeth from clenching together, so you don’t add to the wear and tear on the enamel, preventing future dental problems and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.

Schedule your preventive dentistry appointment with Gus Huerta, DDS, today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.