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!