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Preventative & Family Dentistry

Protecting your oral health requires preventative dental care provided by a skilled team of dentists and hygienists. Backed by the expertise of our practitioners and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging (to detect concerns requiring attention), Authentic Smile Care offers a full range of quality dentistry services designed to preserve—and even improve—the wellness of your teeth and gums. Our goal is to help patients of all ages achieve and/or maintain healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.

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Family Dental Care & Pediatric Dentistry

We offer comprehensive dental care for the whole family! It is important to establish a foundation of good oral wellness early in a child’s life, and we take joy in helping our young patients learn about dental hygiene and the importance of healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, our experienced Thousand Oaks family dentist, Elaine Hattar, DDS, keeps a close watch on each child’s dental growth and development to identify the potential for future dental complications. Early detection has the benefit of giving intervention efforts the best chance for success. Preventative dental services, such as fluoride treatments and sealants, are especially effective for children, and we use every option at our disposal to keep the teeth, gums, jaw, and bite as healthy as possible throughout all stages of life.

Hygiene Appointments (Dental Cleanings)

Dental cleanings (typically scheduled at least twice a year) focus on the removal of food particles, tartar, and plaque build-up from the teeth. Professional cleanings can access areas you may not otherwise reach with your toothbrush and floss—especially between teeth and along the gumline. In addition to causing tooth decay, the harmful bacteria in dental plaque can damage gum tissue and eventually lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Once your teeth have been cleaned by our experienced hygienists, they are given a final polish for a smooth, bright finish.

Holistic (Mercury-Free) & Green Dentistry

We are focused on protecting both your health and the health of the planet with our holistic, green approach to dentistry. At Authentic Smile Care, we utilize technology, techniques, and materials—such as mercury-free fillings and digital X-rays—that eliminate potential health hazards, protect natural resources, and reduce environmental concerns. We are always happy to discuss what new changes we have made to further diminish our negative impact on the earth and support the overall wellness of our patients.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are far more efficient and effective than traditional X-rays of the past. Our digital X-ray system allows us to complete X-rays more quickly, comfortably, and with less waste and radiation than ever before. The images we collect are also sharper and can be zoomed-in to closely examine problem areas for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. We use these X-rays to discuss concerns with patients and explain why certain treatment approaches are recommended.

Sealants

Sealants are undetectable barriers that can be added to a tooth’s surface to prevent the formation of cavities in a particularly vulnerable area. When a susceptible portion of a tooth is identified—such as an area of eroded enamel or a deepening pit—the tooth is disinfected and the sealant material is layered on to create a shield over the vulnerability. The use of sealants has proven to help dramatically decrease the formation of cavities, and they are an especially effective form of cavity prevention for kids.

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are periodontal treatments aimed at removing plaque and bacteria from deep gum pockets surrounding the teeth. The goal is to eliminate infection that causes gum disease and can lead to bone recession and tooth loss. When the gum pockets have been cleaned, antibiotic medications may be utilized to prevent the return of bacterial growth and allow the tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth roots.

Oral Cancer Screening

Early detection of oral cancer is the best hope for successful treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition. During each dental exam, the soft tissues of your mouth will be evaluated for signs of oral cancer. There is a detailed protocol our dentists use to screen for oral cancers, and any abnormal cells that are identified will be subject to further diagnostic testing.

Are you interested in preventative dental care at Authentic Smile Care? Contact our office today to book an appointment for yourself or your children.