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100 S Vincent Ave #404

West Covina, CA 91790

(626) 414-5995

Dental Hygiene


If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while your not alone.  According to many studies and polls ( Gallup & the CDC ) approximately 1/3 of adults do not visit their dentist on a yearly basis.  There are a multitude of reasons why this is the case, but the most common reasons in our experience are fear and finances.  We want to eliminate these two hurdles as much as possible.  We invite you to call, ask questions, come by on a surprise visit to our office and ask for a tour, or better yet schedule a courtesy consultation or new patient exam and dental cleaning using one of our new patient offers.

We invite you to schedule your dental check-up, cleaning, and / or exam with Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S, and his hygienist. At our West Covina family dental office, we treat patients of all ages and are focused on improving our patient's overall health and appearance of our patients’ smiles. We understand that not everyone is excited about dental care and that due to busy schedules, a lack of insurance, or general forgetfulness, a lot of people don’t visit the dentist with any regularity. If that’s you – don’t worry.  As we've mentioned before you are not alone.  By not having a dental check-up or dental cleaning this could place you at risk for a variety of health issues. We encourage you to take an hour out of your day for the benefit of your oral health and your future quality of life. To get started, all you need to do is call (626) 414-5995 and schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff won’t judge you for your lack of prior dental care but will be happy to get you up to speed again.

While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums and supporting bone are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Why You Need One

There is a direct link between visiting the dentist and keeping your natural teeth. If you want to ensure that you have a full mouth of health teeth – visit the dentist. Gallup released a study in 2014 that found the states with the highest percentage of dental visits also had the lowest percentage of adult tooth loss. For example, in Connecticut 74 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and their rate of adult tooth loss was only 9 percent. On the other hand, in West Virginia only 57 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and 37 percent of adults have complete tooth loss. The correlation is clear and should prompt you to give us a call. If you do lose your teeth, we can help by providing you with replacements in the form of dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Still, there is no need for you to experience significant tooth loss when you visit our office regularly for preventative care. Saving your teeth, after all, is less time-consuming and less expensive.

Another reason to schedule a dental check-up is to make sure that you don’t experience a toothache or infection. We treat patients throughout the 91790 area and find that toothaches can create enough discomfort to cause people to miss work. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 164 million work hours are lost each and every year due to dental related health issues. If you are like many of our West Covina patients that don’t feel they have time for the dentist, you definitely need to schedule a dental check-up and dental cleaning. Failing to do so could result in a more serious health conditions forming and the need to take time off of work. After all, without preventative dental care, you are at a greater risk for tooth decay, infection, gum disease / periodontal disease, and tooth pain!

Smiling TeethWhat Happens at Your Dental Check-Up

Dr. Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., is a gentle dentist in West Covina and will complete your comprehensive dental exam in a way that is comfortable, relaxing, and without judgement. We understand that some people don’t visit the dentist because they have a dental phobia or are concerned that something may be wrong. If this is the case, and you do have a cavity, we will treat your tooth gently and carefully and make sure that you are completely numb so that your health issues can be addressed without causing you any further irritation or pain during the procedure.

We invite you to call (626) 414-5995 and schedule your dental check-up / dental exam right away. When you come in, we will give you a tour of our office and escort you to one of our examination rooms where you will be given a drape to prevent unnecessary x-ray radiation. Next, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth and gums to see if there are any signs of infections or cavities that are under the surface. We will also perform a TMJ ( jaw joint ) exam, and Oral Cancer screening, and do a visual inspection of your gums and each one of your teeth. During this time, we will also be looking for signs of infection, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. If we identify any of these issues, we will discuss treatment options with you and may even be able to treat minor cavities that same day.

Many times on your initial dental visit our hygienist will also clean your teeth.  They will take measurements of your gums surrounding each individual tooth and evaluate your periodontal / gum condition.  If there are no signs of periodontal disease the hygienist will make sure you don’t have any lingering plaque or bacteria on your teeth or gums.  If periodontal disease is found we will discuss the disease process, what can be done to resolve it, and what needs to be done at home to maintain your teeth for life.

Regardless of what is diagnosed that day or in your future visits before starting any procedures we will discuss them in detail to ensure that you are comfortable, relaxed, and aware what will be done and their associated costs.  When you visit our family dental practice in West Covina, CA you can expect the highest quality of care and that your dental check-up / dental exams and cleaning will be completed efficiently and gently.

The Benefits of Coming in Now

At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we want you to visit our West Covina family dental office at the first sign of discomfort. If you have even a slight toothache or irritation in your gums, you should schedule a dental exam. If there is a problem, we can correct it immediately, rather than allowing it to grow and spread. In many cases, we can help you to avoid experiencing any significant discomfort by simply removing the decayed area while it is still small, or addressing what ever issue it may be. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a dental emergency as an untreated cavity or dental infection spreads. Fortunately, we make it easy to schedule a dental check-up / dental cleaning with our West Covina family dental office. All you need to do is call (626) 414-5995 to schedule an appointment. We will work within your schedule to ensure that you receive the care you need, exactly when you need it.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Dental Care

While we understand that many people wait to seek dental care due to anxiety, time, or finances, we do not recommend it. Instead, we suggest that you schedule a dental exam now, even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort. Doing so will allow us to remove any plaque or bacteria that has built up on your teeth, ensure that you don’t have any cavities that are forming and prevent you from experiencing gum disease. Our goal is to treat you before you have any health issues, and a dental check-up is designed to allow us to do so. If you live in the 91790 area, it doesn’t matter why you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. We welcome you to come back in so that we can protect and improve your oral health.

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Dental Cleaning and Examinations

At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we provide dental cleanings and examinations to patients throughout West Covina, CA. We believe that preventative care is essential for staying in good oral health. Our goal is to keep our patients as healthy as possible, and the best way to do so is through ongoing dental care and teaching our patients how to practice good oral hygiene at home. If you live in the 91790 area, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule your exam and to learn how you can stay healthy year-round.

Dental Cleanings and Examinations for Children

Drs. Suarez and Tam works with patients of all ages and knows how to help children to feel comfortable while visiting the dentist. Families throughout California visit our dentist office to have their children’s teeth cleaned. We recommend that teeth cleanings and exams start from a very young age. This is important for ensuring that baby teeth grow in properly and stay healthy until the adult teeth are ready to come in. Many people don’t realize how important healthy baby teeth are. Children can get cavities and gum disease just like adults do with the difference being that children are less capable of understanding or dealing with discomfort. We recommend that parents throughout West Covina bring their children in for dental cleanings and examinations at least twice a year. This way we can remove harmful plaque and bacteria in order to prevent cavities.

While cleaning children’s teeth, our staff has been trained to take it slowly and practice gentle dentistry. By building a rapport with our young patients, they will feel more relaxed during their dental appointments and visiting the dentist becomes fun instead of intimidating. We also recommend that parents take the time to read stories about going to the dentist and play games by teaching children how to examine their toy’s teeth. These little steps can help children to feel comfortable when getting their own teeth cleaned. By doing so twice a year, their baby teeth are more likely to stay in until they are supposed to fall out, and their adult teeth will also stay healthier. If you have questions about scheduling an appointment for your child call (626) 414-5995.

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We recommend that adults throughout West Covina CA have their teeth cleaned twice a year, as well. Good oral health is important regardless of how old you are and as people age, their risk for an oral infection continues to increase. This is in part because, as teeth age, the protective enamel starts to wear away, and it can become easier to get a cavity. The best way to combat this is by brushing and flossing throughout the day in addition to visiting the dentist on a regular basis. We offer flexible appointment times so that you can schedule an appointment around your work or family schedule, making it easier than ever to get your teeth cleaned.

Sensitive Teeth

At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., Drs. Suarez and Tam practices gentle dentistry and provides teeth cleanings for patients with sensitive teeth. Many adults avoid visiting the dentist because they are concerned that their teeth will hurt or feel worse during the exam or subsequent cleaning. When working with the right dentist, you can feel comfortable regardless of how sensitive your teeth are. We offer a variety of sedation methods so that you don’t have to feel anything while getting your dental cleaning and examinations. Whether you need something to relax or direct pain medication, Drs. Suarez and Tam can create a treatment plan that includes sedation so that you can remain comfortable.

If you live in California, it is important to understand the reason that teeth become sensitive. Very often, it is due to the enamel on the outside of the teeth wearing away. Enamel can wear away due to age, what you eat and improper oral health care. While brushing with desensitizing toothpaste can help, you need to continue visiting the dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Otherwise, the sensitivity can increase. During your dental exam, let us know about the discomfort you have been feeling so that we can discuss ways to reduce it by using methods such as a fluoride treatment or sealant.

Preventing Emergencies

Regularly scheduled dental cleaning and examinations in the 91790 area can help to prevent a dental emergency. Many adults go far too long in between visits to the dentist. As a year or two goes by, infections can develop that can create a painful situation and lead to dental emergencies. For example, a minor cavity can be corrected with minimal discomfort but if the infection spreads into the center of the tooth the dental pulp can become infected and a root canal will become necessary. Fortunately, these types of infections can typically be avoided by scheduling an appointment twice a year with Drs. Suarez and Tam. It is important to keep in mind that healthy teeth are also less likely to become damaged or injured so by staying in good health; you can prevent teeth from becoming cracked or chipped during an accident.

Education

While getting your teeth cleaned and examined, we will also discuss ways that you can keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we believe that good oral hygiene at home is important to do in conjunction with visiting our office. We recommend that you use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day and use fluoride toothpaste. This will keep harmful sugar and bacteria off of your teeth and the fluoride will help to strengthen them. You should also floss daily to get food particles and bacteria out of hard to reach places. Following up with an antibacterial mouthwash will help to kill any remaining germs.

Your diet is also important to good oral health. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a diet that contains dairy products, lean protein, green vegetables and complex carbs so that your body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. We can provide additional tips and information during your dental cleaning and examinations. To schedule your appointment with Drs. Suarez and Tam call (626) 414-5995.

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Routine Dental Care

At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we practice routine dental care in addition to performing restorations and addressing any other complex dental issues that you may have. In our West Covina dental office, we have found that by taking care of your teeth and planning for routine visits, you can prevent many common oral health problems like cavities, tooth infections, and gum disease. If you want to keep your adult teeth intact, it is critical that you continue to receive routine dental care, regardless of how old you are. Many adults skip their annual dental visit because they associate the need with children and the elderly. As a 91790 dentist, we know that the reason many adults lose teeth and have oral health problems with age is because they don’t have preventative care visits in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. You only have one set of teeth and we recommend that you do what you can to take care of them now, while you still can. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a while, we invite you to call (626) 414-5995 and schedule an appointment for your dental exam.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Many of our patients ask how frequently they should visit our office for routine dental care. This is an understandable question because most people associate going to the doctor or dentist with visits to stop discomfort or a perceived health issue. Visiting the dentist is a little different. We want to see you when you aren’t experiencing any problems so that we can keep it that way. Typically, when plaque and bacteria forms on the teeth, you won’t see an immediate problem but if it is left there, you can develop cavities and gum disease. Even small cavities won’t always cause immediate discomfort, making it difficult to judge the condition of your mouth at home. This is why you should visit our office twice a year. We can examine your teeth, identify issues while they are small, and treat them immediately. Our team will also clean your teeth at this time so that gum disease and infections can be prevented entirely. If you are a diabetic, you may need to visit our office three or four times per year, depending on how often you have a diabetic episode. This is because uncontrolled blood sugar inhibits the white blood cells ability to fight off infection, including the bacteria in your mouth. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we treat diabetic patients and can coordinate your care with your medical physician as necessary. If you are otherwise healthy and not in any discomfort, we recommend that you have a dental exam and teeth cleaning at least once per year.

DentistryDoes everyone need to visit the dentist?

Yes! At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we recommend that everyone visit the dentist at least once per year, regardless of age. Even toddlers need to see the dentist and so do seniors, even ones that wear dentures. This is because everyone is susceptible to getting cavities and gum disease. For example, baby bottle tooth decay can impact two-year-olds that are prone to taking a bottle or juice to bed. Simultaneously, even seniors that have experienced full tooth loss need to visit the dentist to ensure that there are no issues with their gums and that their dentures still fit properly. Tooth loss leads to resorption so the jawbone will change, and this can lead to ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures. With that in mind, regardless of how old you are or what your situation is – you should visit the dentist for routine dental care.

What procedures should I schedule as part of my routine dental care?

When you visit our West Covina, CA office for routine dental care, we will do several things. First, we will examine your teeth with a visual inspection. We will look at every single tooth to determine if you have any tooth decay. We will also look at your gums to see if there are signs of gum disease and take images of your mouth to see if you have any infections that are not visible to the naked eye. If we identify anything, we will discuss a treatment plan with you. Otherwise, we will proceed with cleaning your teeth and gums. Depending on your age, we will also recommend specific procedures that can prevent future cavities. For example, we often recommend fluoride as part of routine dental care. Fluoride is a mineral that, when placed on the teeth can strengthen them and reduce the risk of getting cavities by 30 percent. If you tend to get cavities or live in an area of 91790 that doesn’t have city water, this simple procedure can help you to stay healthy. As a bonus, getting a fluoride treatment is painless and fast.

In children, we often recommend dental sealant as well since sealant can be placed onto teeth with deep ridges and work as a barrier, preventing plaque and bacteria from becoming trapped and causing cavities. In adults, this is not a common procedure, however, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity there are preventative steps we can take so that it doesn’t become worse. Tooth sensitivity normally occurs due to a loss of enamel. This leaves the dentin underneath exposed and susceptible to irritation when you eat or drink. We can perform a bonding procedure to protect the dentin. In order to do so, we will apply a tooth-colored material to the surface of your teeth, shape it, and harden it using a special light. Once done, you will have a natural-looking outer layer that replaces your lost enamel and reduces or eliminates any sensitivity that you may be feeling. This is one procedure that can be easily performed during routine dental care and will often prevent the need for crowns in the future. To learn more about bonding, we invite you to call (626) 414-5995 and schedule an appointment with our West Covina dental office.

What steps should I take at home?

Routine dental care must also include good oral hygiene at home. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we recommend that you brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush for two minutes at a time, twice per day. You should purchase a new toothbrush every three months, brush with a fluoride toothpaste, and make a circular motion as you do. Follow this up with flossing once a day, drinking water, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar or acid. This will help your teeth to remain strong and healthy in between dental visits.

Office Hours

Our General Schedule

Monday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Our Location

100 S Vincent Ave #404 | West Covina, CA 91790

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