The SINGLE best strategy for prevention of major dental problems is to get your teeth cleaned regularly. For most people, this means every six months; for some, it can be every three to four months. In our office, Dr. Yang cleans your teeth herself. This allows her to thoroughly examine your mouth for any developing conditions, update any areas under observation, and maintain the periodontal health of your mouth.

At each cleaning, the following will be performed:
  • medical history update
  • oral cancer screening
  • gum disease evaluation
  • examination of tooth decay and existing fillings, crowns, and other dental work
  • interpretation of current x-rays
  • discussion of any pertinent issues

Typically this will be your child's first dental procedure. A sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of developing permanent molars. The grooves on these teeth are difficult to clean and susceptible to decay. The sealant protects the tooth by creating a smooth, easy to clean surface. The sealants are checked during regular examinations and sometimes need to be replaced.

For cavity prone individuals, sealants may be indicated in other teeth as well.


Fluoride affects dental enamel in two ways: developmentally and topically.

Ingested fluoride will be incorporated into developing enamel to make it stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. Sources of fluoride include the Los Angeles water supply, fluoridated toothpastes, and fluoride varnishes applied after cleanings. Children who still swallow their toothpaste should NOT use a fluoridated paste until they have mastered the skill of spitting.

Once a tooth has fully developed, topical applications of fluoride varnish and fluoridated toothpastes help to keep the enamel resistant against decay.


Teresa K. Yang, D.D.S. General Dentistry
1510 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-0501