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4 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

Is it time to schedule your next dental cleaning? Just like routine checkups at the doctor, regular professional dental cleanings are an important part of your health care plan.

Children and adults of all ages should go to the dentist at least once a year for a professional dental cleaning and exam. At Morita Dental, Kohei Morita, DDS, and our team specialize in dental exams and oral health care for the whole family.

Building a relationship with your dentist is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. We encourage our patients to ask questions of our dental staff. Get personalized oral health care tips by asking questions like… 

How can I take care of my teeth at home?

At your dental exam, we carefully clean your teeth to remove bacteria and plaque buildup. You leave our office with squeaky clean teeth — and there’s a lot you can do at home to keep your mouth healthy between visits.

Dr. Morita and our team can help you establish daily oral health care habits. We recommend brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and consider anti-cavity mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.

What are the signs of gum disease?

We thoroughly examine your teeth and gums during your dental cleaning to look for signs of gum disease. Gum disease is one of the most common oral diseases in the United States, and nearly half of all adults over age 30 have it.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, but it can be reversed if it’s identified and treated early. It often includes symptoms like:

Ask our team how to recognize the early warning signs of gingivitis, so you can seek treatment before the condition progresses.

Do I need dental restoration work?

Whether you suffered an injury, decay, or other type of tooth damage, our dental team can help restore both your mouth function and your smile aesthetics. We regularly fill cavities and protect damaged teeth with crowns.

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be an excellent option for you. These artificial teeth look and function just like natural teeth, and they’re a permanent alternative to bridges or dentures.

How can I enhance my smile?

Everyone loves a beautiful smile. But if there’s something you don’t like about yours, we offer a range of cosmetic dental treatments, and we can help you find one that fits your needs.

We specialize in Invisalign®, which is an orthodontic system to correct tooth and bite misalignments. Not only can it give you a straighter smile, but it can also improve the way your mouth functions. If you’re looking for a purely cosmetic enhancement, dental veneers could transform your smile in just a few office visits.

Find a knowledgeable dental team you can trust at Morita Dental. To schedule your next appointment, call our Cupertino, California, office or contact us online today.

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