Preventative Care - Patrick Yoshikane Dentistry
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Preventative Care

We are fortunate to have a very experienced and talented hygiene team that has over 20 years of experience. Shirley, our lead hygienist, ensures that the hygiene team provides the utmost in oral health care using the latest techniques and educating each patient with that knowledge. In our office, Dr. Yoshikane and his hygiene team work together to maintain your oral health.

 

We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3 to 4 months if you have periodontitis. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regular prophylaxis and compliance with your at-home care plan can effectively halt its progression.

 

Some of the services may include:


  • Patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Taking digital dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • Applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
Preventative Dental Care

Some studies have shown that bacteria in the mouth that are involved in the development of periodontal disease can move into the bloodstream and cause an inflammation in the blood vessels. These changes can, in turn, increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. This is another reason hygiene is so important!

 

Because our concern is always for your well-being and overall health, including your oral health, we encourage you to be informed about oral cancer by reading more on the Oral Cancer Foundation website.

 

Do you take antibiotics prior to dental appointments due to a joint replacement surgery? The American Dental Association has announced an update to that pre-medication directive, and Dr. Yoshikane recommends contacting your orthopaedist before your scheduled dental treatment to see if antibiotics are still necessary for your specific situation.

 

Call our office at 714-516-1600 or click here to make your next appointment so you can stay on track and maintain your best oral and overall health!

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