Preventive Dentistry for Downtown Los Angeles
Proper oral health can improve the general health of your body, as both are closely related. The goal for all of our patients is to achieve and maintain excellent dental esthetics and oral function. We start by establishing excellent oral health.
Our process begins by assessing your overall health as well as the health of your teeth, gums, soft tissues, temporomandibular joints (TMJs), and occlusion (bite). Your Comprehensive Oral Health Exam provides a baseline for oral health maintenance, treatment, and dental disease prevention. Recommended treatments will be discussed with you through individual consultations to address immediate and long-term concerns.
Checkups & Cleanings
When it comes to protecting your long-term oral health and preventing dental problems, checkups and cleanings are two of the most effective treatments we provide every day. As we touched on above, these appointments will start with a thorough oral exam, and then one of our hygienists will use sophisticated tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth as well as give them a nice polish.
Periodontal therapy is designed to combat the most common dental problem in the entire world: periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. This oral infection can lead to tooth loss and even increase the risk for other serious systemic illnesses, but we’ll screen your gums at every appointment and be able to treat you at the earliest sign of a problem.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Living in LA can be quite stressful, and as a result, many of our patients grind their teeth while they sleep, which is a condition known as bruxism. Over time, this can wear down the enamel, make the teeth more sensitive, and eventually cause them to fracture! To help people rest easy, we can recommend that they wear a nightguard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece is designed to fit comfortably within the mouth and place a protective barrier between the teeth to prevent wear.
Oral Cancer Screenings
In the U.S., oral cancer claims at least one life each and every hour, which is especially tragic because the disease is actually very treatable when detected early. Because of this, Dr. Geach recommends that every adult should have at least one oral cancer screening per year, which he can perform as part of your regular checkups. He’ll examine your mouth, neck, and face for any cancerous tissues, and should he find something, he can quickly help you get follow-up treatment.
You’ll find fluoride in most toothpastes and public water sources because this mineral has long been known to help protect the teeth from tooth decay. However, due to the growth in popularity of non-fluoridated bottled water and toothpastes, more and more people are not getting enough fluoride to keep their teeth fully protected. This is why Dr. Geach may recommend a topical fluoride treatment with every checkup. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways we can help keep you cavity-free all year.