Preventive Care

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two hygiene visits a year, typically every six months. Some patients require more frequent visits to help manage periodontal conditions. The ADA also requires that you are seen by Dr. Shepherd or Dr. Tom at least annually to determine if you have any concerns that should be treated to avoid a major investment in the future. Their goal is to help you protect your beautiful smile.


The care and health of your teeth and gums is a partnership between you, your hygienist here and Dr. Shepherd or Dr. Tom. Preventive dentistry stresses the importance of your ongoing daily hygiene routine to prevent tooth decay and other conditions such as gingivitis and/or periodontal disease. By partnering with us here at Palm Springs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, you supplement your at-home oral care with professional review and proactive identification and treatment of any impending issues that could impact your oral health. When you work together with us, you are well on your way to a great, healthy smile with minimal investment to avoid future problems!

Preventive oral care strategies include:

A Regular Oral Hygiene Regimen – This includes brushing and flossing after every meal (twice a day at a minimum) to remove plaque that can cause problems by creating tartar on your teeth that produces acidic bacteria leading to both tooth decay and even gum disease.

A Healthy Diet – A healthy, balanced diet is important for your dental health. Avoid foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates that, when left on your teeth, produce dental plaque. Be sure your diet includes plenty of calcium, which is great for not just your teeth but your bones as well. Drinking alcohol, coffee and colored sodas can also adversely affect your oral health.

Routine Office Visits Every six months – It is recommended that you have a thorough dental cleaning (prophylaxis) to remove plaque and stains from your teeth that you’re unable to remove with your regular at-home oral hygiene regimen. An annual visit to your dentist also offers you the opportunity to have your dentist examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other oral health issues. As with most health issues, early detection of potential problems can save you time and money, not to mention your beautiful smile.

Avoid Tobacco – Smoking cigarettes or cigars and chewing tobacco can not only lead to tooth discoloration and dry mouth, but also gum disease, tooth loss and in serious cases, oral cancer. Don’t risk your oral health! Avoid these activities and be good to your smile!





Dear Valued Patients:

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety, as well as the safety of our team that serves you.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to or exceed each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect you and our team.

  • We will communicate with you via text shortly before your appointment to ask some screening questions. We will not see you if you have a fever over 100.4, persistent cough or sneezing.
  • Whenever possible, we request that you come alone to your visit to reduce the number of people in our waiting room. Feel free to call us for exceptions.
  • We do not require that you wait in your vehicle or outside prior to your appointment. If you prefer, just text or call us and let us know that you have arrived and are waiting in your vehicle or are outside.
  • Everyone entering the office is required to wear face masks at all times except during your dental treatment.
  • Our clinical team all wear required PPE for your protection as well as theirs.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand disinfectants in the treatment areas and checkout areas for you to use as needed.
  • We have installed clear barriers in the business area between you and our business team.
  • You may notice that we have reduced the seating capacity in our waiting room, as well as removed all magazines.  The area is sanitized often throughout the day.
  • Each area is equipped with HEPA air purifiers that removes 99.9% of aerosol particulates.
  • Your hygienist or assistant will record your temperature using a contactless thermometer prior to being seated.
  • You will be asked to rinse with a diluted amount of peroxide prior to and after your procedure.

 We look forward to seeing you again soon and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (760) 416-1003 or text us at 760-416-1003.

Thank you for taking the time to read about how we are taking every precaution to keep you and your team safe.  We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back. If you are a new patient to our practice, Welcome and thank you for choosing us for your dental needs.

Drs. Shepherd, Tom and the Entire Palm Springs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Team