Preventive Dental Care in Mission Viejo

Why is preventive dental care important?

The foundation for a beautiful and happy smile is preventive care from your dentist! Along with diligent at-home brushing and flossing, routine professional cleanings and checkups can help you avoid costly procedures. With regular checkups, we’ll be able to track your oral health and help you keep your smile healthy. Our doctor might recommend preventive treatments like fluoride varnish, sealants, or a mouthguard. Call today to book an appointment at Smile Dental Boutique at our Mission Viejo office.

Preventive dentistry Mission Viejo

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If you don’t floss, you’re leaving plaque on 40% of your tooth surfaces!

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What to expect at your preventive dental care appointment

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Thorough Cleaning

Your family dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that may have accumulated. This includes flossing and scraping off plaque that has built up under the gum line with either scalers or an ultrasonic cleaner. Your teeth will be left feeling polished and refreshed.

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Necessary digital X-Rays

Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve had your last set of dental x-rays taken, your Mission Viejo dentist may recommend we gather these images. Dental x-rays are a valuable tool to help us detect problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. The dentist will be able to see any problem areas such as cavities or infections, lesions, cracks in the tooth enamel, and make a recommendation from there.

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Comprehensive Exam

After your dentist reviews your x-rays,  your Mission Viejo dentist will take a close look at your gums and teeth and will perform a thorough oral cancer screening. If they notice any potential issues, they will help you understand exactly what is going on, and how best to address it. It is our goal for you to stay informed about your oral health so you can feel confident about making the right decision for your smile.

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Tailored Treatment Plan

Depending on what is uncovered in your comprehensive exam and dental x-rays, you and your dentist will work together on creating a custom treatment plan with all the possible options that accommodates your individual needs, budget, and lifestyle. If no issues are present, we will simply determine how often you should come in for cleanings to keep your smile in tip-top shape.

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Schedule Follow Up Appointment

Whether it’s scheduling a follow-up visit for a filling, cosmetic treatments, or a routine cleaning, our team is here for you. At this time we will also be able to answer any questions you may have about your insurance and payment options. We strive to ensure every visit is seamless and stress-free!

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Coming in for regular teeth cleanings will ensure that you have a healthy and strong smile. It is recommended to schedule an appointment every six months so your dental hygienist in Mission Viejo can address any minor stains, plaque, or bacteria that may have built up since your last visit.

A diligent at-home oral care routine is just as important as coming in for your cleanings. Be sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste. In addition, floss at least once per day to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

Digital X-rays

Your comfort is our priority. Digital x-rays are fast, comfortable, and high-resolution images that allow us to make accurate diagnoses while exposing you to less radiation than with traditional film x-rays. In most cases, a full set of x-rays will be taken for our new patients and might need to be repeated from time to time. Check-up x-rays can be taken once or twice per year, but your doctor may also recommend one if they suspect you may have developed a dental issue or if you're experiencing a dental emergency.

Our Mission Viejo office is equipped with a CBCT and panoramic x-ray Machine. This digital x-ray can be prescribed by the dentist for a 3D view of your bone and teeth structures. This will often be performed in preparation for wisdom teeth extractions, root canal therapy, and implant placement. Per your request, the image can be sent to a radiologist to be reviewed in case of any lesions beyond the teeth and mouth structures.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities. Fluoride treatments can easily be added to any routine preventive visit to help keep decay at bay. It is especially beneficial to people at higher risk of tooth decay. Once your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will simply apply a fluoride-rich varnish or gel and leave it in place before rinsing it away.

Fluoride works by attracting healthy minerals to bond with your teeth and help re-strengthen the enamel. The fluoride dentists and hygienists use is similar to the fluoride in toothpaste. However, professional treatment contains much higher doses and offers more rapid benefits.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a common treatment for children who may be at a high risk of developing cavities, but they are also great for patients of all ages who wish to protect their teeth from dental decay.

During this treatment, a thin coating of dental resin will be applied to the chewing surfaces of the rear teeth which have more grooves and crevices where plaque and bacteria can hide. The resin will be hardened with a UV light, creating a strong barrier that blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from coming into contact with your enamel. Getting dental sealants is a quick and pain-free procedure that can have lasting results.

Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and even continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years. When properly applied dental sealants can last for many years to come!

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Patients who struggle with gum disease are at risk of experiencing tooth loss and other serious oral and overall health issues. Gingivitis is the first stage, which can be reversed with regular cleanings or deep cleanings and diligent at-home care. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups will ensure that patients with gum disease can gain control over their oral health before it becomes too late!

We recommend that patients with more advanced cases of gum disease schedule more frequent cleanings, about every 3-4 months. These frequent cleanings can halt the progression of periodontitis and help preserve your oral health.

In some cases, your Mission Viejo dentist may recommend irrigation of the gum with antibacterial liquids or local antibiotics after cleaning to remove even more bacteria from your mouth.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a crucial part of preventive oral health care routines. By catching oral cancer early before it spreads, can save a patient’s life. That’s why we always check for any potential signs of oral cancer at every bi-annual checkup.

Your dentist will examine your mouth, gums, and other oral tissues, keeping an eye out for lesions, lumps, bumps, white or red patches, and other abnormalities. If anything looks unusual, a biopsy can be taken and sent to a specialist for further analysis.

Oral cancer is rare, but it’s important to be proactive and stay consistent with your oral healthcare routine, so your dentist can easily identify when something is wrong.

Night Guards

Teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping is quite common, and night guards can be a great solution for this subconscious habit.

Night guards form a soft barrier to protect your teeth from the wear and tear and cracking that can be caused by clenching and grinding. Your dentist will take an impression or scan your teeth to create your custom night guard. The impression or scan will be sent to a dental lab where your night guard will be made. The night guard eases the tension between your jaw muscles and alleviates the painful side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can enjoy restful sleep and continued oral health.

Sport Guards

Similar to night guards, sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth. However sports guards protect your teeth from dental trauma that can occur when playing high-intensity impact sports. Professionally-fitted sports guards can protect athletes from oral injury due to impact to the mouth, face, and head. If you play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that may involve falls, body contact, or flying objects, ask your dentist about developing your custom sports guard today!

Custom-fit sports guards are comfortable, durable, and won’t restrict you from doing what you love.

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I had a great experience with Dr. Naji. Her office has the most advanced state of the art equipment, which made my cleaning and cavity filling super quick and easy. Dr. Naji was extremely gentle and helpful in explaining the procedure. I would 100% recommend her services to anyone and will be coming back.

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I haven't really had a good experience with dentists but I couldn't be happier with this one! Their new patient special was affordable and the bundle saved me and my teeth. The staff was absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable, kind and patient! The doctor was very patient and gentle during the cleaning and had a tv set up to keep patients distracted. I had a dentist years ago tell me i had multiple cavities and i'm so glad i didn't get it done because I have no sign of cavities! I can't speak high enough praise of both the office environment as well as the awesome staff!

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I just had the best experience at this place! I had a dental emergency (cracked tooth) and Dr Naji and her crew patched me up. They made sure I got an appointment right away (not always the case for new patients!), gave me a range of options, and made sure my treatment was effective and pain-free. All costs were very transparent and reasonable. Highly recommended!

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I loved the care I received at Smile Dental Boutique. Dr Naji and her staff are wonderful! Dr Naji is exceptional and experienced . She is kind, patient and expert at what she does. She was beyond my expectations. She explained every step very well. She gave me options to choose for my treatment. I highly recommend Smile Dental Boutique to all my family and friends.

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I had a great experience with Dr. Naji. Her office has the most advanced state of the art equipment, which made my cleaning and cavity filling super quick and easy. Dr. Naji was extremely gentle and helpful in explaining the procedure. I would 100% recommend her services to anyone and will be coming back.

Zach A.
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The doctor and his assistant are truly amazing. The office is renovated, clean, offers complimentary drinks and Netflix on request. The doctor is extremely skilled and respects the needs and desires of her patients without judgment. They were able to work with me and my wife for us to achieve the best results possible. I would recommend her with my eyes closed.

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Best dental experience I've ever had! Dr. Naji went beyond my expectations. She took the time hear my needs and explained the procedure using my x-rays and pictures. I am very happy with the treatment I received. I highly recommend this office and will definitely be coming back.

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I am beyond amazed with the treatment I received today. After looking for the right dentist, I’ve finally found the one! Dr. Naji is skilled, professional, and beyond compare. She listened to my concerns and provided me with the best treatment plan. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new dentist!! While I was getting my treatment done, I was able to watch Netflix which made me feel 1000x more comfortable. Don’t look anywhere else! I promise you will get the best experience here.

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How should I properly brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time for a healthy smile. Start by holding your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums. Using small, circular strokes, clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Each quadrant of your mouth only needs about 30 seconds of proper brushing. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and to use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. Angle the bristles of the brush 45 degrees towards your gums. Brush in gentle, circular strokes, clean all surfaces of each tooth. Focus on cleaning each quadrant of your mouth for about 30 seconds to ensure you aren’t rushing. Be sure to brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride to keep cavities at bay. You can also use an electric toothbrush if it helps make brushing easier!

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How do you floss correctly?

Start by rolling out about 24 inches of dental floss. Wind most of it around your index or middle finger and wind the last few inches around the index finger of your other hand. Hold a 1-inch section firmly between fingers and thumbs and gently glide this floss between your teeth, using a rocking up and down motion. When the floss is between your teeth, take it up into the gum line following the c-shape curve to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Repeat this for both sides of each tooth and be sure to wind a new 1-inch section each time you move to a new tooth to prevent spreading bacteria.

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

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Prophylactic cleanings are the regular dental appointments you need every 6 months to prevent cavities and bad breath. Your dentist or dental hygienist in Mission Viejo, CA will remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and give them a thorough flossing to ensure your smile is clean and free of debris.

Periodontal cleanings are also known as “deep cleanings” and are only necessary for patients who have periodontal disease. During these cleanings, your dentist will take extra care to scrape away plaque and tartar between your teeth and gums, and smooth the roots of your teeth to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria. Deep cleanings are a part of a periodontal maintenance routine and will help patients with gum disease preserve their oral health.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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Most dental insurance policies fully cover preventive care such as cleanings, exams, and x-rays. If your preventive care is not 100% covered, it will usually be at least partially covered by your policy. Some plans may also cover optional treatments like dental sealants and fluoride for children, too. To learn more about your coverage, consult with your provider and give our office a call to see how we can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.

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