Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Westside Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Santa Monica, CA

Preventive dentistry at Westside Dentistry in Santa Monica, California, reduces your risk of developing dental decay, tooth infections, and gum disease. Father-daughter team Charles Wood, DDS, and Jennifer Wood, DDS, offer a wide array of preventive dentistry services to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry at Westside Dentistry involves treatments that reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. The expert dental team uses the most advanced, innovative dental equipment and procedures to optimize your results.

Which preventive dentistry services are available?

Some of the preventive dentistry services available at Westside Dentistry include:

Dental cleanings

Routine dental cleanings at Westside Dentistry help prevent dental decay and gum disease. Your dental hygienist uses special dental tools to remove plaque and tartar, polish your teeth, and floss in between your teeth.

Dental X-rays

Taking dental X-rays helps your dentist determine the most effective teeth and gum treatments, and detect oral health problems before they become serious.


Your Westside Dentistry provider can apply protective sealants to the chewing surfaces of molars to protect teeth from wear and tear, and tooth decay. 

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride application is a noninvasive treatment in which your dentist applies fluoride to teeth surfaces to protect them from future decay.

Dental exams

Your dentist completes a dental exam to detect or rule out tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues before they progress to serious problems.


If you have small cracks or minor tooth decay, your dentist can apply tooth-colored fillings to your teeth to prevent further damage. The procedure is fast and painless.


If you or your child has impacted wisdom teeth or crowding, your Westside Dentistry provider can extract teeth to protect the surrounding natural teeth from damage.


Invisalign clear aligners slowly shift your teeth into proper alignment to correct your bite and make it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Which prevention measures can I take at home?

At-home precautions that help prevent tooth decay and gum disease include the following:

  • Floss every day
  • Use mouthwash if your dentist recommends it
  • Brush at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Don’t chew on ice or other hard objects
  • Don’t open packages with your teeth
  • Avoid biting your fingernails
  • Attend routine dental cleanings every six months

Contact Westside Dentistry at the first sign of tooth decay, tooth damage, gum disease, or pain to prevent serious oral health complications.

Take care of your beautiful teeth and smile. Book a preventive dentistry appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or using the online scheduler today.