Preventative Dentistry

Shirley Zhao, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Zhao Dental

Shirley Zhao, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasanton, CA & Tracy, CA

For Shirley Zhao, DDS, and the compassionate dental team at Zhao Dental, preventative dentistry really means preventing dental diseases and problems before they manifest. With two offices in Pleasanton and Tracy, California, the skillful team encourages you to take part in preventive dental care to avoid dental health complications from occurring in the first place. If you’re due for a checkup or professional cleaning, call Zhao Dental or use the convenient online scheduling tool.

Preventative Dentistry

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is centered on patient education and emphasizing and encouraging the importance of daily practices and self-care and consistent hygiene procedures to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Preventive dentistry can help you reduce your risk of gum disease, cavities, and other dental problems. Preventive care protects your dental health with effective treatments, such as dental fillings and cleanings. Successful preventive dentistry merges professional in-office dental treatments with your at-home oral care to optimize your dental health.

What preventive dentistry treatments are available?

Zhao Dental provides a range of effective preventive dentistry treatments, including teeth cleanings, digital X-rays and screenings, and fillings.

Teeth cleaning

With teeth cleaning, your dentist removes built-up plaque and tartar that can cause bad breath, gum disease, cavities, and other problems.

Full dental examination

Your dentist carefully performs a full dental examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth to identify any signs of disease and other issues.

In-office X-rays

Zhao Dental provides convenient and effective in-office digital X-rays to obtain a clearer picture of your dental health. Your dentist uses X-rays to look for damage to your impacted teeth or jawbone or to check for cysts or tumors and decay between your teeth.


Your dentist carefully bonds your filling directly to your tooth enamel to treat a cavity. You might choose white tooth-colored fillings that can discreetly blend in with your natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are usually derived from porcelain or plastic compounds.

Fillings are specially designed to fill a hole in your tooth, typically following the removal of tooth decay. Fillings can prevent tooth decay, restore your tooth, and support its structure.

How often should I visit my dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends bi-annual dental visits for professional cleanings and the management of any dental conditions.

A few complications and conditions that you can avoid with the right preventive care include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Enamel wear
  • Periodontitis
  • Tooth decay

If you play your part and regularly schedule dental visits, your dentist can stop dental disease in the earlier stages to minimize your expenses and protect your dental health.

Preventive dentistry provides many benefits. Detecting dental problems early allows your dentist to repair the problems before they negatively affect your smile and cause permanent damage.

If you or your loved one are due for a cleaning or checkup, click the online booking tool or call Zhao Dental today.