PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

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General Dentistry in Palo Alto, CA

What is Preventative Dental Care?

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the most important way to maintain the appearance and health of your smile, but seeing the dentist regularly is also important. Getting regular dental checkups and cleanings removes tartar and plaque buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Although it is important to see the dentist when you have a toothache or when you damage one of your teeth, getting regular preventative dental care can keep many of these issues from developing. At Blue Turtle Dental, our preventative care services will maintain the health and appearance of smiles for the whole family.

Located in Palo Alto, California, Blue Turtle Dental is led by our highly qualified Palo Alto dentists Dr Alex Yen & Dr Munnazah Hussain. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how preventative dental care can help preserve your pearly whites.

How often should I schedule my dental checkups?

The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of two dental checkups a year to professionally clean your teeth and to also catch any tooth or gum concerns early on. Visiting the dentist twice a year can:

  • Prevent extensive dental treatment or surgery later on and save money
  • Remove plaque and buildup that cannot always be targeted with brushing and flossing alone
  • Give you a better idea of the overall health of your teeth, as many dental conditions are painless at first

What can I expect during my first visit?

During your initial visit with our dentists, the conditions of your teeth and gums will be evaluated and a customized treatment plan will be created for you. Contact Blue Turtle Dental today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how preventative dental care can maintain the longevity of smiles for the whole family. In general you can expect a dental exam to remove built-up plaque and tartar which can lead to periodontal diseases, cavities, bad breath and other problems, if left untreated. Usually performed by the dentist or a dental hygienist, dental exams also include polishing of your teeth and instructions on good dental hygiene.

Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums and your age, our dentists may also recommend X-rays to observe other unnoticed problems such as tooth decay, abscesses, jawbone damage etc.

What measures do you have in place to ensure a comfortable dental experience?

In order to give you the best results, we use:

Digital x-rays to get a clear, high-resolution picture of dental concerns that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as issues below the gum line and the development of cavities between the teeth

Fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth and help prevent decay

State-of-the-art technology such as our computer-controlled anesthesia delivery system to optimize results with less pain and anxiety during treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

At Blue Turtle Dental, we specialize in dental care for the whole family and take pride in restoring naturally white smiles for children, adults, and the elderly. We use the latest in treatments and technology to accurately assess the condition of your teeth and restore your self-confidence in your smile.

Even if your teeth feel fine, it’s recommended to keep regular dentist appointments. Cavities are sneaky, and so are plaques and tartars. You can have one growing before you are even aware of its existence. Better to get them when they are in the initial stage and before they start causing problems. You may also want to come in for teeth whitening or other procedures to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Dentalphobia is a real thing, so don’t feel that you are alone if you experience this. There are many options to deal with this, which is why we encourage our patients to tell us about your concerns and fears. We can discuss behavioral and relaxation techniques and even medication if necessary.

Dental sealant is a coating that adheres to the chewing surface of the back teeth. Usually, children in their cavity prone years can benefit most from sealants, but some adults with healthy teeth might want them for the extra protection. Sealants usually last a few years before needing to be reapplied.

If your dentist recommends x-rays, rest assured that you will be safe. The radiation levels are so low that they are considered safe even for children. Digital x-rays have even lower amounts or radiation.

The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of two dental checkups a year to professionally clean your teeth and to also catch any tooth or gum concerns early on.

At Blue Turtle Dental, we specialize in smiles for the whole family, including young children. Teaching proper oral hygiene habits from a young age can lead to healthy teeth in adulthood, and our friendly dentists can help.

At Blue Turtle Dental we accept all major dental insurances including but not limited to:

  • Delta Dental
  • MetLife
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Blue Shield
  • Anthem Blue Cross

To verify if your insurance plan is accepted at our clinic or for any other payment concerns, please contact our friendly staff at 650-503-6777.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Blue Turtle Dental, we specialize in dental care for the whole family and take pride in restoring naturally white smiles for children, adults, and the elderly. We use the latest in treatments and technology to accurately assess the condition of your teeth and restore your self-confidence in your smile.

Even if your teeth feel fine, it’s recommended to keep regular dentist appointments. Cavities are sneaky, and so are plaques and tartars. You can have one growing before you are even aware of its existence. Better to get them when they are in the initial stage and before they start causing problems. You may also want to come in for teeth whitening or other procedures to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Dentalphobia is a real thing, so don’t feel that you are alone if you experience this. There are many options to deal with this, which is why we encourage our patients to tell us about your concerns and fears. We can discuss behavioral and relaxation techniques and even medication if necessary.

Dental sealant is a coating that adheres to the chewing surface of the back teeth. Usually, children in their cavity prone years can benefit most from sealants, but some adults with healthy teeth might want them for the extra protection. Sealants usually last a few years before needing to be reapplied.

If your dentist recommends x-rays, rest assured that you will be safe. The radiation levels are so low that they are considered safe even for children. Digital x-rays have even lower amounts or radiation.

The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of two dental checkups a year to professionally clean your teeth and to also catch any tooth or gum concerns early on.

At Blue Turtle Dental, we specialize in smiles for the whole family, including young children. Teaching proper oral hygiene habits from a young age can lead to healthy teeth in adulthood, and our friendly dentists can help.

At Blue Turtle Dental we accept all major dental insurances including but not limited to:

  • Delta Dental
  • MetLife
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Blue Shield
  • Anthem Blue Cross

To verify if your insurance plan is accepted at our clinic or for any other payment concerns, please contact our friendly staff at 650-503-6777.

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Clinic Hours

Wed & Thurs: 7.15 AM – 5PM
Fri: 8 AM – 5PM
Sat: 9 AM – 2 PM

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