Preventive dentistry is among the most important types of care you can receive when you visit Zama Dental. Preventive dental treatments are vital to maintaining your oral health and smile, and our dentist and team are committed to giving you the care you need to avoid dental problems and continue to enjoy your beautiful smile.

Preventive dental treatments are designed to help keep your mouth healthy so you can maintain your natural teeth and avoid the need for more extensive or invasive care. They encompass all forms of dental care that help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, tooth damage and other oral health problems. Preventive care also aids in diagnosing conditions such as oral cancer as early as possible so you can receive treatment sooner and increase your chances of a successful treatment.

Preventive dentistry includes:

  • Regular dental cleanings and exams
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene at home (brushing and flossing)
  • Other professional treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride
  • Checking that oral appliances and dental restorations are in good condition
  • Reviewing your diet and other habits that may affect your oral health
  • Recommending oral health products or hygiene aids for your use

Dental Cleanings & Exams

Dental cleanings and exams are among the most basic and important preventive treatments our dentist and team provide. This preventive care is essential in maintaining good oral health, preventing problems from developing and ensuring that any dental conditions which do develop are treated as soon as possible.

Dental cleanings and exams involve:

  • Thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove and plaque or tartar (also called calculus)
  • Flossing and polishing your teeth
  • Examining your mouth for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or other damaging conditions
  • Taking any X-rays that may be needed

We recommend that you visit our office every six months for this routine care.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are used to help block decay-causing factors from your teeth and prevent cavities. Sealants are made of clear or tooth-colored resin material which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. This material hardens to form a smooth coating over the tooth surface. Sealants are most often provided for children when their permanent molars come in (between ages 6 and 12) but are also available for adults. Once in place, dental sealants will last for several years to offer long-term protection for your smile. Sealants can also be applied in just a few minutes during your regular dental visits.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural mineral and can be found in many foods and water supplies. A professional fluoride treatment is designed to help remineralize your teeth, strengthening your tooth enamel against the bacteria, sugars and acids that constantly attack it. Professional fluoride treatments are available in the form of a gel, varnish or foam, and can be applied in just a few minutes during your regular dental visits.

Brushing & Flossing (Home Care)

Proper brushing and flossing is crucial to maintaining good oral health. By brushing and flossing correctly you can avoid or reduce your risk of developing dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, halitosis (bad breath), and tooth discoloration and staining. We recommend that you:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush after each meal and before going to bed at night. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day. We recommend flossing right before going to bed at night.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods. This will help prevent tooth decay.
  • Continue to make and keep regular appointments with our dentist to receive cleanings, exams and other preventive care.

If you have any questions about preventive care in Torrance, California, or to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Zama, call us today at 310-325-0684!

Contact Us

We invite you to call or visit us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Zama and learn more about our dental services. We look forward to meeting you soon and providing you with quality care that will help you achieve the smile of your dreams!