modern Preventative Dental Care
protecting your dental health
in santa barbara
& montecito, ca

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care lays the groundwork for a healthy, beautiful smile. In combination with proper at-home hygiene practices, like twice-daily brushing and flossing at least once a day, having regular cleanings and oral exams can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from decay and other dental health issues. The best thing you can do for your oral health is keep your professional dental team involved. At your preventative appointment every six months, Dr. Hlavaty will examine your mouth for signs of cavities and gum disease. Your dental hygienists will use special instruments to remove the plaque and calculus from your teeth. Routine checkups at Hlavaty Dental Arts also allow us to track your oral health and address any minor problems with your oral health before they become major ones. Early treatment will reduce your potential for serious health problems down the road. The most powerful way to protect your oral health is regular preventative dentistry. We provide preventative dentistry to patients in Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the surrounding areas. Safeguard your smile by giving us a call today at Hlavaty Dental Arts

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Did you know…

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Oral health is essential to your body’s overall wellbeing....because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body!

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What to expect at your preventive dental care appointment

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Professional Cleaning

We will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, gently removing plaque and tartar that may have built up. This includes flossing between your teeth and scraping off plaque that has accumulated beneath the gum line, using water or an ultrasonic cleaner. After your cleaning, your teeth will be polished and your smile will be left feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

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Any Necessary X-Rays

If it’s been a while since you’ve had dental x-rays taken, your dentist may recommend x-rays. Dental x-rays allow us to see beneath the surface, and find problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. With x-rays, we can make more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment plans & we only use state-of-the-art,
low radiation digital x-rays.

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Comprehensive Exam

Your dentist will review your x-rays before taking an in-depth look at your teeth and gums. If we notice any areas of concern, we’ll take the time to explain our findings, and help you decide how to best address it. Our goal is to keep you informed and educated, so you can make the right oral health decision with confidence.

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Personalized Treatment Plan

Based on what we uncover during your exam, you’ll work together with your dentist to create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to fit your unique needs, budget, and lifestyle. If we find your mouth to be healthy and in good shape, we’ll simply schedule your next regular checkup and cleaning!

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Schedule Follow Up Appointment

No matter what kind of treatment you’re scheduling, our team is here for you. We can answer any insurance or financing questions you may have, and will do everything we can to ensure every visit is simple and stress-free.

Did you know…

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1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has at least one cavity.

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Have questions about preventive dentistry? Find answers here.

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What is the proper way to brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least two times a day for two minutes at a time. Begin by holding your brush at a 45-degree angle relative to your teeth and gums. Clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth using small, circular strokes, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Make sure your toothpaste has fluoride, and is ADA-approved, and remember to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months.

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How do you floss correctly?

Begin by gathering around 24 inches of dental floss. Wrap most of it around one index or middle finger, and wind the remaining few inches around the index finger of your other hand. Holding about a 1-inch section, keep it taught between your fingers and thumbs as you gently glide the floss between your teeth. Use a gentle rocking motion instead of trying to force the floss down, as it can slip and that force can damage your gums. When the floss is between your teeth, take it into the gum line following the c-shaped curve of the tooth to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Keep repeating this process for both sides of every tooth, keeping sure to wind a new 1-inch section each time to help prevent the spread of bacteria.

What's the difference between prophylactic cleanings and periodontal cleanings?

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Prophylactic cleanings are also referred to as “regular cleanings.” These are the cleanings you receive during your regular dental appointments, and are important to get every 6 months to help prevent decay and keep bad breath at bay. We will remove any buildup of plaque, tartar, or bacteria from your teeth and floss between them to ensure your smile stays healthy and free of debris.

Periodontal cleanings, also known as “deep cleanings,” are only required for patients with periodontal, or gum, disease. As the name suggests, these sessions are more thorough than regular cleanings. During your visit, your hygienist will carefully scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up between your teeth and gums, as well as taking care to smooth out the roots of your teeth, to eliminate pockets that can trap bacteria and perpetuate gum disease. Deep cleanings are an important part of every periodontal maintenance routine, and are meant to help those suffering from gum disease preserve their oral health.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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For some patients, dental insurance policies fully cover routine preventive care like cleanings, exams, and x-rays. Even if preventive care is not 100% covered by your insurance plan, it will likely be at least partially covered. Some plans may even cover treatments that are considered optional, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments. For specific details about your insurance plan, get in touch with us today, and find out how we can help maximize your benefits.

If you don't have dental insurance, ask us about our in-office discount plan.  It includes your yearly preventative care and actually costs less than most dental insurance plans.

Did you know…

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Keeping up with preventive care can save you money, time, and future dental pain.

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