Preventative Dentistry Specialist

Brian Y. Lee, D.M.D. -  - Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

Del Amo Dental Group

Brian Y. Lee, D.M.D.

Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Torrance, CA

Preventive dentistry appointments can alert you to oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages when they’re easiest to treat. Expert dentist Brian Lee, DMD, at Del Amo Dental Group in Torrance, California, provides a variety of preventive dentistry services, including routine exams, oral cancer screenings, and treatment for halitosis. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Preventative Dentistry Q&A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is a branch of oral health care that encourages regular dental checkups and other preemptive measures. Problems like gum disease and tooth decay don’t always present symptoms in their early stages. As a result, you might be at risk and not even realize it.

Preventive dentistry catches these and other issues early on. This keeps your mouth healthy and lowers your risk of surgery, extractions, and other more extensive treatments.

What services does preventive dentistry include?

At Del Amo Dental Group, Dr. Lee offers a full suite of preventive dentistry services, including:

Oral exams

During an oral exam, Dr. Lee uses a small, handheld mirror to look for signs of cavities, gum inflammation, and gum disease. He also looks for cysts, unusual growths, and other oral lesions that might indicate a more serious problem.

Oral cancer screening

An oral cancer screening is a preventive measure used to detect precancerous or cancerous growths. Clinical studies show that when caught early on, mouth cancer is much easier to treat. Anyone can undergo an oral cancer screening, but they’re particularly beneficial for people who use tobacco or drink alcohol. 

Dental cleanings

During a dental cleaning, Dr. Lee carefully removes plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria from in between your teeth and underneath your gum line. This prevents tooth decay and lowers your risk of gum disease. To preserve your oral health, Dr. Lee recommends getting a dental cleaning once every six months.

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral responsible for keeping your teeth healthy and cavity-free. A fluoride treatment uses a highly concentrated form of fluoride to support the strength of your tooth enamel. It’s particularly beneficial for people with a history of cavities and caries.

Sealants

If the chewing surfaces on your molars or premolars are weak or damaged, you might benefit from a dental sealant. Sealants are thin pieces of composite resin that Dr. Lee bonds to the chewing surface of your teeth. Once placed, a sealant prevents bacteria from building up and causing decay.

Halitosis

Millions of Americans experience chronic bad breath (halitosis). If you’ve tried various toothpastes and mouthwashes without an improvement in your symptoms, preventive dentistry can help. 

Am I a good candidate for preventive dentistry?

Anyone who wants to preserve their oral health is a good candidate for preventive dentistry. In addition to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, preventive dentistry provides oral education and at-home care tips. This ensures your teeth stay shiny, white, and free of cavities for years to come.

To schedule your preventive dentistry appointment at Del Amo Dental Group, call the office or book online today.