Preventive Dentistry Protects Your One-Of-A-Kind Smile
Dr. Julie Valentine is well-equipped to treat all your dental issues and concerns here in Beverly Hills – with an emphasizes on the importance of 'Preventative Care' That’s where the power of preventive dentistry comes into play. Our office features comprehensive checkups, revitalizing cleanings, custom-made mouthguards, and other helpful services that are designed to protect your valuable teeth through the years and help you spend less time in the treatment chair. Please contact our practice today if you’d like to schedule an appointment.
Checkups & Good Oral Hygiene
The American Dental Association recommends a Dental Exam and Cleaning (2) times per year - more frequent if dental disease is present. Remember Healthy Teeth equals a Healthy You and helps to preserve your teeth throughout your lifetime.
The deep pits and grooves located on a patient’s premolars and molars (back teeth) are likely targets for plaque and bacteria to gather. These areas are especially vulnerable for children who are still learning how to keep those hard-to-reach teeth clean with oral hygiene. Thankfully, Dr. Valentine can lend a helping hand by covering the teeth with dental sealants. This pain-free process is completed over a single appointment, and once the sealants are in place, they ensure you will not get cavities in the most vulnerable places on your teeth.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you regularly wake up with a sore jaw or a painful headache? Do your teeth appear worn-down or damaged without you knowing why? These symptoms typically point to bruxism (habitual teeth grinding) as the cause, which is most likely to occur while the patient is sleeping. Here in Beverly Hills, Dr. Valentine will keep a keen eye for symptoms during your regular appointments. A customized nightguard can be prescribed and worn as needed to protect your smile - minimizing the harmful effects of teeth grinding.
Most patients think of kids when they consider athletic mouthguards, but patients of all ages who engage in sports activities where contact with other players or a hard surface is possible should protect their smiles by wearing one. No one would hesitate to include a mouthguard as part of the protective equipment for a hockey or football game, but the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Sports Medicine also recommend wearing sportsguards while cycling and swimming. Ask about comfortable, custom athletic mouthguards at your next appointment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Tens of thousands of patients struggle with oral cancer every single year, and many cases lead to death much sooner than they should because they weren’t identified early enough. Here in Beverly Hills, Dr. Valentine takes this threat to your wellbeing extremely seriously. During regular checkups, she will assess your mouth and jaw for any signs of cancerous cells, such as lumps or red/white spots. If any concern is indicated, she will move forward with proper diagnosis and treatment.
Regular checkups and cleanings are very important for your ongoing oral health, so is your at-home oral hygiene routine. Dr. Valentine is happy to recommend and prescribe as needed - toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other quality dental products. Using the right products can make a big difference in your smile and your oral health!