A healthy smile starts with good oral hygiene and preventive care. With the right information and techniques, our Menlo Park patients can avoid unwanted problems in the future, like dental emergencies or missing teeth.
Dr. Scott Hoffman’s team provides comprehensive prophylactic services and techniques to help you take control of dental health, not only for you, but for your entire family.
Comprehensive Exams and X-rays
As Dr. Hoffman thoroughly examines your bite, he will assess for areas of wear, changes in your restorations, and screen for conditions like oral cancer and early tooth decay. Early intervention is always the best key to extending the life of your smile.
Even if you brush and floss daily, there are usually areas of plaque and tartar buildup hidden in hard-to-reach parts of your mouth. Our hygienists will gently clean your teeth and polish away stains, so that your smile can stay bright and your breath fresh.
Gum disease is directly linked with health conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Its severity is associated with everything from immunity to your reproductive system. Periodontitis is also the number one cause of adult tooth loss.
During your exam, we will carefully screen for signs of gum and bone loss to intervene as early as possible. Our hygienists will provide you with essential oral hygiene information that can help reduce the spread of infection. A series of deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) is essential to halt the disease progression in its tracks.
Your entire family is welcome at our Menlo Park practice. Bringing your children in at an early age helps them to avoid developing a fear of the dentist and unnecessary tooth decay in the future. We provide comprehensive children’s dentistry including cleanings, sealants, fluoride, and fillings.
To offer better protection during athletic activities, we also offer custom fit mouth guards. The right mouth guard can even reduce the risk of concussion.
Bruxism (Grinding) Appliances
If you frequently grind or clench your teeth together during the day or while you sleep, a bite splint can prevent excessive wear or unnecessary fractures.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or a similar sleeping disorder, Dr. Hoffman can work with you to create an oral appliance that improves oxygen flow as you sleep.
Although we do not diagnose sleep disorders as part of our practice, we frequently work with patients that are searching for an alternative to CPAP treatment. After we have made your oral appliance, it is essential to have another sleep study to determine whether or not the prosthesis is adequate for your specific needs.
Schedule Your Family’s Next Trip to Our Office
Most of our healthy patients benefit from a preventive cleaning and exam every six months. If you’ve recently been treated for gum disease, you may need to be seen more frequently. Call our Menlo Park dentist today to schedule a visit with us. We’re open early!