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Why People 🧡 Desert Dentist

Justine C.
This place is wonderful. The staff are very nice and welcoming. The Dr's are very nice and are excited to get your teeth cleaned and smile ready. Desert Dentist helped get my teeth back into shape when they were at its worst. I really, really love this place. 😁
Maria G.
My visit at Desert Dental! Was great very Nice people! I greatly appreciate the work and looking forward my next visit ! Thanks everyone
Henry M.
I just had my first cleaning at Desert Dental and was very impressed! The office was clean & professional, and followed good protocol for Covid prevention.
Brittney W.
This office has been professional and friendly from the first conversation up to my appointment. Highly recommend will be changing my current dentist from now on. Staff are amazing thank you.
Savannah M.
My whole family and I attend this place. We love it here. Highly recommend this place for all your dental needs.
Justice R.
Despite being late roughly 20 minuets to my appointment they were still very kind and friendly throughout the entire interaction. Great environment and very informative of your needs. Highly recommend.
First time visiting Desert Dentist & I was very pleased with my experience. The girls in the front desk were very welcoming and so was the whole staff. I’m so happy I found a such a great dentist office!
Ruderic G.
Every staff greeted customers warmly and friendly. In fact, one staff offered coffee or hot water due to stormy/colder weather condition today. I and my son felt relaxed inside the clinic. Amazing experienced…..Thank you.👍
Amanda N.
Very good experience! I didn’t have to wait a long time. There was no delays in my appointment. Everyone was friendly and helpful. This place is very on top of reminding you when your appointment is coming up. Highly recommend!
Lacey P.
Best freaking Dr./staff ever! So friendly and welcoming and Dr. Is so gentle and cares about you! I'll never go to another dentist again I usually don't go to dentist it's been yrs so glad I found them!
Saralyn H.
I have been so impressed with the level of care I have received at this office. Every staff member is friendly, helpful and accommodating. The dental work I’ve had done has been as painless as possible. I cannot recommend them enough.

Your Trusted Destination for Preventive Dental Care

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

Early Detection

Regular checkups allow our dentists to identify dental problems in their early stages. By catching issues like tooth decay or gum disease early, we can provide prompt treatment, preventing further damage and the need for more extensive procedures.

Improved Oral Health

Through professional cleanings and oral examinations, we can remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth, helping to maintain their natural beauty and preventing the development of cavities and gum disease.

Overall Health Benefits

Oral health is closely linked to your overall well-being. Regular dental checkups can help prevent or manage systemic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory issues.

Cost Savings

 Preventive care is often more affordable than treating advanced dental problems. By investing in regular dental visits, you can save money in the long run by avoiding complex and costly procedures.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning, also known as a dental prophylaxis, is an integral part of your preventive dental visit. Our skilled dental hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth. Here's what you can expect during a dental cleaning:

  • Evaluation: Before the cleaning, the dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums, checking for any signs of oral health issues.
  • Plaque and Tartar Removal: Using specialized tools, the hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and along the gumline.
  • Professional Teeth Cleaning: The hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush and a gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth, giving them a smooth and clean finish.
  • Flossing: Your teeth will be flossed to remove any remaining debris or particles from between the teeth.
  • Rinsing and Fluoride Treatment: You will rinse your mouth to remove any residual cleaning agents. In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen your tooth enamel and protect against cavities
  • Oral Health Education: The hygienist may provide guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as recommend oral care products suited to your needs.
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What Happens During a Complete Dental Exam?

During a comprehensive dental examination, our experienced dentists will evaluate your overall oral health and check for any signs of dental problems. Here's what typically occurs during a complete dental exam:

  • Medical History Review: Our dentist will discuss your medical history and any concerns or symptoms you may have.
  • Visual Examination: The dentist will visually inspect your teeth, gums, tongue, throat, and other oral tissues for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other issues.
  • X-rays: In some cases, the dentist may recommend digital dental X-rays to get a closer look at your teeth and jawbone, enabling a more comprehensive assessment of your oral health.
  • Bite Evaluation: Your bite and jaw alignment will be assessed to identify any issues such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
  • Discussion and Treatment Planning: Based on the examination findings, the dentist will discuss any concerns, answer your questions, and create a personalized treatment plan if necessary.

At Desert Dentist, we prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout the entire dental visit. Our team is committed to providing a welcoming and friendly environment, ensuring that your dental checkups are stress-free and enjoyable.

Meet Your Friendly Smile Experts

Dr. Eugenie Kim

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Whether you are seeking dental care for yourself, your children, or anyone in your family, Desert Dentist is here to serve you. We are committed to delivering exceptional dental care with a personal touch, all while prioritizing your comfort, convenience, and overall well-being!
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Conveniently Located in the High Desert Area

With offices conveniently located in Hesperia and Apple Valley, Desert Dentist is your go-to destination for exceptional dental care in the High Desert area of San Bernardino County. We are committed to providing expert general dentistry services that cater to your needs right in your own community.

Comprehensive Family Dental Services

We offer a wide range of dental services to meet every family member's unique needs. Our experienced team is well-versed in general and preventive dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal care, and restorative treatments. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care!

Your Choice for Exceptional Family Dental Care

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will dental checkups be painful?

Dental checkups are typically not painful. During the examination, your dentist will use specialized tools to assess your oral health. You may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity during cleanings or X-rays, but the procedures are generally well-tolerated.

Why are regular dental checkups important?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health. They allow dentists to detect and treat dental problems in their early stages, preventing them from becoming more serious and costly. Checkups also include professional cleanings to remove plaque, tartar, and stains, ensuring your teeth and gums remain healthy.

What happens during a dental checkup for children?

A dental checkup for children typically includes:

  • Evaluation of their oral health, including teeth and gum development.
  • Gentle teeth cleaning to remove plaque and stains.
  • Application of fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
  • Guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Discussion about oral health habits and dietary recommendations.

What happens during a dental checkup for adults?

During an adult dental checkup, your dentist will typically perform the following:

  • Visual examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, or other issues.
  • X-rays to detect hidden dental problems.
  • Professional cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and stains.

What if I have dental anxiety?

If you experience dental anxiety, it's important to communicate your concerns with your dentist. They can provide techniques or options to help you relax, such as sedation dentistry or the use of headphones for distraction. Building a trusting relationship with your dentist can also alleviate anxiety over time.

What happens during a complete checkup for my child?

During a complete checkup, our dentist will examine your child's teeth, gums, and oral tissues. We may also take dental X-rays if necessary. This thorough evaluation helps us detect any dental issues early on and ensure your child's dental health is on track. Our friendly staff will also provide oral hygiene instructions and answer any questions you or your child may have.

How often should I schedule dental checkups for myself?

For most adults, it is recommended to schedule dental checkups every six months. However, the frequency may vary based on your oral health needs. Your dentist will evaluate your individual circumstances and recommend the appropriate interval for your checkups.

How can I prepare for a dental checkup?

To prepare for a dental checkup, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Make a list of any concerns or questions you have for your dentist.
  • Bring your dental insurance information, if applicable.
  • Brush your teeth and floss before your appointment for fresh breath.
  • Arrive a few minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork.

At what age should children start having dental checkups?

Children should have their first dental checkup within six months after their first tooth erupts, but no later than their first birthday. Early dental visits establish a foundation for good oral health habits and allow the dentist to monitor the growth and development of your child's teeth.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are considered safe. The level of radiation exposure is minimal, especially with modern digital X-ray technology. Dentists take precautions, such as using lead aprons and high-speed film or digital sensors, to minimize radiation exposure to the rest of your body.

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