Preventive Dentistry – Campbell, CA
Enjoy a Healthier, Happier Smile for Life
Many people don’t actually visit the dentist’s office on a regular basis unless they’re experiencing a serious problem, which can lead to big expenses and unnecessary discomfort over the years. Here in Campbell, Dr. Karen Ho promotes a different approach: preventive dentistry. By caring for your smile on a routine basis and pinpointing any concerns at their earliest, most harmless stages, our team can help valued patients enjoy safer, stronger teeth that stand the test of time. Please contact us today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a first appointment.
Why Choose Karen Ho DDS for Preventive Dentistry?
- Emphasis on Personalized, Minimally Invasive Care
- All-Digital X-Rays & More Modern Technology
- World-Class Dental Team
Checkups and Cleanings
We strongly encourage all patients to attend at least two professional checkups and cleanings every calendar year, or one per six months on average. Even if you brush and floss diligently at home, there are still dangerous dental problems that can develop in ways untrained eyes might not notice right away – Dr. Ho and the rest of our team can be your first line of defense! We’ll perform comprehensive evaluations, pinpoint damage and decay at its earliest stages, and provide minimally invasive care to restore oral health.
Additionally, routine hygiene is an important part of preventive visits. Plaque (a sticky, bacteria-filled substance) is constantly forming within the mouth, and any missed accumulations that aren’t cleaned away with brushing and flossing can harden into cavity-causing tartar over time, which must be removed with special instruments. One of our talented hygienists will be happy to cleanse the teeth and gums in a thorough fashion while also removing any minor staining.
Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that nearly 25% of all oral cancer diagnoses occur in patients who exhibit NO known risk factors? That’s why it’s important for every adult to undergo screenings on a routine basis, and Dr. Ho would like to provide this during professional checkups. She will assess the oral tissue for tell-tale symptoms of abnormal cells with the help of Identafi technology, drawing attention to discoloration, slow-healing sores, and strange lumps/crusts. If anything seems truly amiss, a biopsy can be arranged with a local specialist in order to form a concrete diagnosis.
Fluoride is a beneficial mineral that you can find all around you – in many common foods, countless oral hygiene products, and even most likely the water that comes out of the kitchen sink at home. This is because countless years of research have demonstrated a clear, positive link between safe fluoride exposure and stronger tooth enamel that’s less prone to cavities. During regular checkups and cleanings, Dr. Ho may recommend a professional fluoride application in order to give her patients’ smiles an extra boost of support.
TMJ disorder (also sometimes referred to as simply “TMD”) occurs when the patient’s jaw joints and related facial muscles are experiencing dysfunction because of untreated teeth grinding, a misaligned bite, a facial injury, or other causes. If you are experiencing a severe amount of jaw pain on a regular basis, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for a consultation. Dr. Ho can thoroughly assess the overall harmony of your oral structures and recommended focused therapy as needed to help everything work smoothly once more.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a very common “bad habit” that affects adults from all walks of life, many of whom don’t even realize the damage they’re causing to their teeth. This is because bruxism usually occurs at night while patients are fast asleep and unaware. To help you avoid damaging your smile and experiencing chronic discomfort, our team will strongly recommend the use of a custom-made nightguard. These oral appliances are highly durable and will provide a sturdy barrier between the rows of teeth that prevents harmful contact.