Dr. Morris Budak and Dr. Michael Piccione help patients of all ages keep cavities, infection, and other oral health hazards at bay with a healthy serving of preventive dentistry. We begin with a thorough checkup and cleaning to identify potential issues and remove the plaque and tartar that can cause cavities and gum disease. Then, depending on your smile needs, we can recommend special treatments like nightguards for bruxism or a high powered toothpaste and mouthwash. Patients from Sunnyvale and the surrounding areas are invited to schedule an appointment today!
The six month checkup and cleaning is your best defense against the need for costly and complex care later on. Avoid cavities and treat gum disease early with frequent visits to our office, during which we will remove the plaque and tartar buildup that causes issues, then check to ensure your smile is as healthy as can be. If we identify any problems, we’ll put together a plan for restorative treatment to renew your smile health as soon as possible.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that your child’s smile has special needs. It’s true that they will lose their initial teeth, but we want to keep these first teeth healthy and free of decay. Once the permanent teeth begin to form, good hygiene habits are extra important. We encourage you to bring your child in for his or her first visit to our office around the time their first tooth erupts and begin regular six month visits soon after .
Do you grind your teeth at night? Skip the one-size-fits-most mouthguard you can buy at the pharmacy and visit your dentist for a custom-fitted nightguard instead. A protective device that is custom-fitted to your smile is far more comfortable that what you can buy over-the-counter, and it provides a wealth of protection for your delicate tooth enamel. People who wear nightguards are far less likely to experience broken, chipped, weakened, or worn teeth as a result of nighttime teeth grinding.
Rates of oral cancer are rising in the United States, and the need for regular screenings has never been more important. Dr. Budak and Dr. Piccione recommend adult patients undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year, performed alongside your regular checkup and cleaning. During the screening, we will look out for the irregularities that could indicate cancer — like lumps, bumps, sore spots that won’t heal, or anything else that doesn’t seem normal.
One of the most common questions we hear at our Sunnyvale, CA office is in regards to dental hygiene products. What toothpaste brand is best? Is mouthwash necessary? We recommend Clinpro 5000 for serious bacteria control, but in general, anything that comes with the FDA seal of approval will contain fluoride, which is the key ingredient to keeping your smile healthy. Patients who wish to add a mouthwash (an excellent supplement to a strong oral hygiene routine) can benefit from Chlorhexidine, which we recommend.