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Family Dentistry

Dentistry by Design Palisades

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Pacific Palisades, CA

Routine dental visits that start at an early age are a critical component of lifelong oral health. Getting a checkup and cleaning every six months helps promote good oral hygiene and ensure problems with teeth are detected early. Maria Tapia, DDS, and the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades provide dental checkups and cleanings for your entire family at their practice in Pacific Palisades, California. Whether you’re a current patient of Dentistry by Design Palisades or need a new family dentist, call or click the online booking tool today to schedule a dental checkup.

Family Dentistry Q & A

Why are regular dental checkups important?

Dental checkups and cleanings every six months are essential to maintaining good oral health. Deep cleanings remove plaque, bacteria, and persistent stains — that you can’t get rid of with regular brushing and flossing — to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Preventive care at an early age is important to maintain a lifetime of oral health. Regular check-ups for your whole family limits the need of having major dental treatment as you get older.

Dentistry by Design Palisades also takes X-rays and examines your teeth to catch any issues that might require dental work or referrals to specialists, such as periodontists or oral surgeons.

How do dental checkups benefit children?

Dentistry by Design Palisades aims for all their patients to have a healthy mouth and happy smiles for a lifetime. Dental checkups give the team an opportunity to educate your children on how to take care of their teeth, so they can start good habits early. Understanding the importance of brushing and flossing now helps prevent many dental problems later. Children should receive their first dental cleaning at age three, and every six months after that.

The team at Dentistry by Design Palisades has extensive experience treating children of all ages, including those with special needs, and knows how to help them feel at ease when visiting the dentist. Your child’s first full dental cleaning should happen at age three. At pediatric dental cleanings, Dentistry by Design Palisades offers fluoride treatment to strengthen your child’s teeth and sealants to protect your child’s growing molars from cavities.

For older children whose permanent teeth are coming in, dental checkups reinforce good habits and help determine if it’s time for braces.

How can my family and I keep our teeth healthy between cleanings?

You can prevent most dental problems by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Dentistry by Design Palisades provides information about what foods to eat and avoid to ensure your teeth stay healthy.

Dentistry by Design Palisades also offers you and your children advice on how to take care of teeth between office visits. These instructions include proper brushing and flossing techniques, which can be difficult for kids with braces and adults with conditions like arthritis.

To help you and your family enjoy lifelong dental health, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dentistry by Design Palisades today.