Protect Your Oral Health & Wellness
Daily brushing and flossing may not be enough to protect your smile from harmful bacteria and oral health complications. The best way to shield your teeth, gums, and jaw against certain dental issues is by attending regular visits to your Kailua-Kona, HI dentist, Dr. Frederic Gaeta, for preventive dentistry treatments.
Regular trips to the dentist are essential for maintaining a healthy, beautiful set of teeth. At the dental office of Dr. Gaeta, we’re proud to provide the best preventive dental care to patients in Honalo, Kalaoa, and Holualoa, HI. Learn more about our preventive treatments and how they can help support your oral health for years to come.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry covers treatments designed to protect your oral health from potentially serious complications. Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and also scheduling regular checkups with your Kailua-Kona dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
Our Preventive Dentistry Services
Teeth for Life
The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to know the ins and outs of at-home oral hygiene. Visit our teeth for life page to learn more about choosing the correct toothpaste and at what ages teeth typically erupt. Oral health education can help create healthy dental habits that can last a lifetime.
Dental Cleanings & Exams
Attending regular dental checkups is one of the best things you can do for your smile. Routine dental cleanings and exams help keep your teeth free of plaque, tartar, and any underlying oral health conditions. Our expert hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to eliminate any lingering harmful bacteria, after which Dr. Gaeta will perform a close examination of your mouth to check for any early signs of developing problems. If he detects anything off, he can diagnose and provide treatment for the issue straight away.
Oral Cancer Screenings
At your routine dental appointment, Dr. Gaeta will also conduct an oral cancer screening. He’ll check for signs of cancerous or precancerous symptoms, examining your entire oral cavity and also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat for any abnormalities. He may also conduct a brush test if he detects any issues, which may then warrant a biopsy. Oral cancer is 90 percent curable according to the American Cancer society, which is why regular testing is so crucial.
Fluoride treatments can help keep your teeth healthy and strong, preventing cavities and tooth decay by shielding your teeth with a protective coating. Dr. Gaeta can complete a fluoride treatment in just one appointment, lasting upwards of 30 minutes. Our dentist may advise you to undergo this treatment every six to 12 months, and may even prescribe fluoride products for at-home use. Patients of all ages can benefit from this treatment.
Oral Hygiene Tips
Simple tips that can protect your teeth as well as prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Cleaning in between your teeth by flossing at least once a day
- Eating a balanced diet while trying to avoid extra-sugary treats
- Schedule regular checkups every six months for a professional teeth cleaning
- Asking your dentist about dental sealants
- Wearing a special mouthguard designed to protect your smile while playing sports
Prevent Dental Complications With Our Kailua-Kona Dentist
Healthy teeth are necessary for a healthy life. At the dental office of Dr. Gaeta, our dentists are committed to supporting and protecting your oral health so you can enjoy a beautiful smile year-round.
To schedule an appointment with our dentist in Kailua-Kona, HI, call our office today at (808) 329-3314. You can also fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will be with you shortly. We look forward to seeing you in the office!
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Flossing: Step 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Flossing: Step 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Flossing: Step 3
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Flossing: Step 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.