General Dentistry Specialist

General Dentistry Q & A


The staff at The Diablo Dental Group provides comprehensive dental care and preventive treatments to keep your mouth healthy. Available dentistry services include:

  • Routine Exams: A cornerstone of dental health, our routine exams are thorough assessments designed to catch any potential issues early, ensuring your oral health is always at its best.
  • Professional Cleanings: Beyond what brushing and flossing at home can achieve, our professional cleanings delve deep to eradicate plaque and tartar build-up, leaving your teeth cleaner and healthier.
  • Digital Dental X-rays: Our digital X-rays utilize cutting-edge technology and minimize radiation exposure while providing clear, detailed images of your oral structures, assisting in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

You can expect a custom treatment plan for any new or existing dental issues to protect the health and appearance of your smile. The staff works closely with you to determine the best treatment options for your condition. They look forward to establishing a long-term relationship to keep you smiling with confidence.

What happens during a routine exam?

general dentistryEach examination at The Diablo Dental Group begins with a comprehensive discussion about any symptoms or issues you might be experiencing. Whether it’s pain, discomfort, or bleeding gums, our focus is on pinpointing the root cause while ensuring your overall dental well-being is assessed.

The exam process involves an evaluation of your teeth and gum health, using dental mirrors and tools to conduct a detailed, yet comfortable inspection. Our goal is to ensure you feel relaxed throughout the examination.

For optimal dental health, we recommend scheduling an exam every six months. Annually, our team employs digital X-ray technology to monitor any changes in your oral health, aiding in the early detection and treatment of potential issues.


The staff at The Diablo Dental Group uses the latest digital X-ray technologies to get a closer look at your oral structures including your teeth, gums, and jaw. These technologies use less radiation than traditional X-rays and provide high-quality images of your oral health.

Digital X-rays are painless and offer immediate images for your dentist to review. If the team detects any issues that impact your dental health, they use the X-ray information to create a customized treatment plan.


While it’s important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal, you also need a professional cleaning every six months to achieve a deeper clean.

Home care isn’t enough to remove all the buildup of plaque and tartar that causes cavities and gum disease. By scheduling routine cleanings, you can be sure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. The appointment also gives your The Diablo Dental Group dentist the opportunity to evaluate your oral health and correct any issues before they become serious.


Improving your oral hygiene routine at home is critical for maintaining your dental health between professional visits. Here are some tips recommended by our experts at The Diablo Dental Group:

  • Use the Right Tools: Employ a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Consider using an electric toothbrush for a more thorough cleaning.
  • Brushing Technique: Brush at least twice a day, spending at least two minutes each time. Use gentle, circular motions to clean all surfaces of your teeth.
  • Floss Regularly: Flossing once a day helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline, areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Rinse with Mouthwash: Incorporate an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash into your routine to further reduce bacteria, remove particles, and provide a fluoride boost.
  • Mind Your Diet: Limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages, which can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. Opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and water.

Consistent home care is the foundation of good oral health. For personalized advice and recommendations, discuss your routine with your dentist during your next visit.


Recognizing when to seek immediate dental care can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems. Here are signs that you should make an appointment with The Diablo Dental Group as soon as possible:

  • Persistent Toothache: A constant or severe pain in your tooth or gum area can indicate an underlying issue that needs immediate attention.
  • Swollen Gums: Swollen, red, or bleeding gums, especially if accompanied by pain, can be a sign of gum disease.
  • Loose or Missing Teeth: An adult tooth that is loose or has fallen out is a serious concern and requires prompt dental evaluation.
  • Sensitivity to Hot or Cold: If the sensitivity is severe or lasts longer than a couple of days, it could indicate a deeper problem like decay or nerve damage.
  • Jaw Pain or Popping: This could be a sign of TMJ disorders, infection, or other dental conditions.
  • Injury to the Mouth: Any trauma to your mouth, teeth, or gums can require immediate dental care to prevent further damage or infection.

If you experience any of these symptoms or have other concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out. Early intervention is key to resolving dental issues with minimal treatment.

Stay proactive about your oral health. Call the office or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule your next dental checkup or cleaning today.