What is Preventive Dentistry?

What is Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is one way to help keep and maintain a healthy smile. Instead of being reactive about your oral health care (taking care of problems as they occur), preventive dentistry encompasses the idea of being more proactive about your oral health. This means that by taking care of your teeth, you can avoid having more and more expensive dental work done because of the fewer problems that may occur by regularly caring for your mouth.

Preventive dentistry is one way to avoid oral diseases that result in loss of teeth and the need for expensive oral surgery. It is typically taught to individuals as soon as they start visiting the dentist when they are approximately two to three years old. Pediatric dentists focus on teaching children preventive dentistry in the hopes that they will practice good oral health habits and have minimal problems with their teeth. Many adults need to be reminded of good oral health practices as well to avoid expensive surgeries and procedures.

Preventive dentistry includes a number of habits that should be a part of everyone’s daily lifestyle. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing well at least once a day is recommended, as is using fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities and gum disease. Scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings to address any potential problems is also recommended. If an individual has gum disease and lets it go without going to a dentist for a checkup, they have the chance of losing their teeth and requiring oral or gum surgery to fix and restore their smile with restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment today

Dr. Arellano can help you pave the way to a healthy smile. If you are in the San Francisco area and want to learn how to be more proactive in your dental care, call Dr. Arellano and schedule a consultation appointment to start taking charge of your health care.


Back to Dental Care Page

Addressing gum recession with gum grafting and the Pinhole® Surgical Technique

new procedure Pinhole Surgical Technique Before and After Paetient Learn More about Pinhole Surgical Technique
Patient Reviews
Image Of Dolores E

I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

Read More
Patient Reviews
Image Of Laura V

We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

Read More
Patient Reviews
Image Of Steve G

I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

Read More

Patient Educational Videos

Dentist San Francisco - Invisalign video
Dentist San Francisco - Implants video
Dentist San Francisco - Crowns video
Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dentist San Francisco - Newsletter

By submitting the above form you agree and accept our Privacy Policy.
Dentist San Francisco - Leonardo A. Arellano  BBB
Dentist San Francisco - Fans' Choice Awords Logo
Dentist San Francisco - Doctors Choice Awords Logo