Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Desert Dentist

General Dentistry located in Hesperia, CA & Apple Valley, CA

Preventive dentistry uses routine screens and oral exams to detect potentially serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease. At Desert Dentist in Hesperia and Apple Valley, California, the team of general dentists offers preventive dentistry to people of all ages. If it’s been more than a year since your last dental checkup, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A


What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry uses preemptive measures like brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleanings to promote optimal oral health. 

Many oral health problems, including cavities and gum disease, present few obvious symptoms in their early stages. Regular visits to Desert Dentist can alert you to these and other issues when they’re most responsive to treatment. 

In addition, they present an opportunity to ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, and build a relationship with your dentist.

What services does preventive dentistry provide?

The team at Desert Dentist offers a variety of preventive dentistry services, including:

Oral exams

An oral exam provides a comprehensive assessment of your teeth and gums. During an oral exam, the team uses a handheld mirror to observe your gums, tooth enamel, tongue, and cheeks. If your provider detects any abnormalities or areas of concern, your dentist can order additional testing to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

Oral X-rays

Oral X-rays take detailed photographs of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. They help diagnose potentially serious health problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye, including bone loss, deep decay, and impacted teeth. The team at Desert Dentist also uses X-rays to guide the placement of restorations, including dental implants.

Professional teeth cleaning

During professional teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist or dental technician uses a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from beneath your gums and the surface of your teeth. Afterward, they polish and floss your teeth and apply a fluoride treatment if prescribed. It’s important to receive professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year.

Oral cancer screening

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist uses gloved hands to assess your gums, tongue, and cheeks for the presence of any bumps, lumps, or unusual growths. If they detect any abnormalities, they can take a biopsy and send it to a dental laboratory for further testing.

How often should I participate in preventive dentistry?

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem-free for years to come, schedule a preventive dentistry appointment once every six months. This rule applies even if your teeth and gums feel fine. Gum disease and cavities don’t always present symptoms, so you might be at risk and not realize it.

Request your preventive dentistry consultation at Desert Dentist. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.