Maintain Optimal Health
Preventative Dentistry in Del Mar
We all want to live healthier, happy lives. But when we consider how to achieve better overall health, we should consider the state of our dental health as well. The best way to achieve better dental health is to prioritize preventive care and keep up with your routine dental appointments. These regular checkups with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Campbell, or Dr. Bellisario allow us to catch health issues that originate in the mouth before they become more severe. Remember, all parts of the body are connected so it's important to see your health as an entire system. As your dentist in Del Mar, we can help you achieve greater overall health through thoughtful dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Checkups
The Importance of Routine Care
- Regular six-month cleanings and oral exams help us catch signs of gum disease, tooth decay and other issues like teeth grinding (bruxism) before they become bigger problems.
- Preventive care saves you both time and money by helping you avoid costly or invasive restorative procedures.
- Routine dental visits keep your teeth bright and beautiful by removing plaque, tartar and surface stains.
- Dr. Pizzi will learn more about your habits and oral health during preventive visits to give you advice that will help you care for your teeth and gums more effectively.
Strengthen Tooth Enamel
Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize your teeth. This means that fluoride attracts calcium and phosphates to your enamel to strengthen the outer layers of your teeth. Treatment involves applying a fluoride-rich liquid directly onto your teeth, then wiping it away after a few minutes. This painless, non-invasive procedure is usually performed right after a cleaning. Fluoride treatments are a good option for patients of all ages who may be concerned about tooth decay. Regular fluoride treatments with our Del Mar dental office can strengthen the teeth and even reverse the first stage of tooth decay, known as “soft spots”.
Dental sealants consist of a clear, liquid dental resin which is applied directly to the rear teeth after a cleaning. This sealant is hardened using a blue light, and creates a strong barrier that prevents bacteria, food and acid from directly contacting your enamel. This, in turn, prevents the formation of cavities. Sealants are a great option if you are cavity-prone, and are often used for pediatric patients.
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease affects about half of American adults, and most are not even aware they suffer from this condition. Proper at-home oral hygiene is essential for preventing the disease and reversing it in its early stages. However, periodontal care from Dr. Pizzi in Del Mar may also be required to help treat your condition.
The most common periodontal treatment is called “scaling & root planing” (also known as a deep cleaning). This involves using dental tools to remove plaque from between your teeth and gums and smooth the roots of your teeth where bacteria tend to collect.
This treatment takes two appointments because only half of your mouth can be treated at one time. Along with proper at-home oral care and antibiotics, this treatment is typically enough to treat minor-to-moderate cases of gum disease and prevent it from progressing further.
Proper Oral Hygiene At Home
Our Product Recommendations
Mouth rinses that contain alcohol or those that are too acidic (below pH 7) should be avoided. Acidic mouth rinses can damage enamel and allow bacteria to flourish. We recommend these products to ensure that your mouth is a healthy environment for your teeth and gums:
PerioBrite Nature’s Answer - All Natural
CTx3 Maintenance Rinse -
PerioScience AO ProRinse -Antioxidant
Advice from a Dentist
Our Toothpaste Recommendations
If a toothpaste is labeled “whitening”, chances are that it is probably very abrasive and lead to damage at your gum line. All of our recommended toothpastes have low abrasiveness. It’s also important to find a toothpaste with fluoride because this is very effective at preventing decay.
Spry with Xylitol
Sensodyne Pronamel Daily Protection
Carifree CTx4 gel
Mints and gums
Spry Fresh Natural Xylitol Gum
CTx2 Xylitol Gum
Xylimelts for Dry Mouth