Preventive dentistry refers to any procedure or treatment designed to protect your smile against common oral health problems. Do you need preventive dentistry? Anyone who wants to obtain a healthy and attractive smile can benefit from prevention.

Preventive Dentistry Quiz

1. True or False: You need regular dental checkups.

2. True or False: You should have a cleaning twice a year.

3. True or False: You must care from your smile at home as well.

4. True or False: We can protect teeth with dental sealants.

Answer Key

1. True. The American Dental Association suggests having your teeth examined once every six months. A checkup allows the dentist to watch your smile for signs of cavities or periodontal disease. We can also perform a thorough oral cancer screening once a year.

2. True. When you brush and floss you can’t remove the layers of plaque from your teeth. Over time, plaque can actually inflame the gums and increase the risk of developing gum disease. A dental cleaning allows our team to remove plaque buildup, leading to a brighter smile, fresher breath, and a reduction in gum inflammation. Like checkups, you should have a cleaning once every six months.

3. True. To decrease the severity of plaque buildup and protect your smile from decay you need to practice good dental habits. We recommend brushing your teeth twice each day, once in the morning and again before bed. You also need to thoroughly floss everyday before going to sleep.

4. True. Another option is to provide a barrier to prevent food from becoming stuck between the teeth in the rear of the mouth. Dental sealants are a special plastic material that does just that, protecting your teeth from the risk of cavities in the hard to reach molars. We often suggest this option for children.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.