Dental Exams

Check Up, Cleaning & X-Rays

Having optimal dental health is necessary for your overall health. Not taking care of your teeth can lead to cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease. It can also cause problems for your entire body, including your heart. That’s why Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton is here to take care of many of your dental issues.

Dental Check-Ups

Pleasanton Dental Check UpsWe believe in regular dental exams at Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, to ensure optimal oral health. During your comprehensive check-up, we will review and discuss your medical history and take your blood pressure. We then review any specific concerns you may have regarding your teeth and general oral health, including any cosmetic concerns. During your dental exam, you should expect:

  • An Overall Evaluation Of Teeth & Oral Health
  • Inspection for Tooth or Root Decay
  • Checking The Jaw For Any Issues
  • Full Dental X-rays
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • A Demonstration Of Proper Teeth Cleaning Techniques
  • Fluoride Treatment

Teeth Cleaning

Our Pleasanton dentist office provides teeth cleanings, which should be done on a regular basis to avoid the build-up of plaque and other substances in your mouth. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly is important, but these methods cannot give you the same kind of deep of cleaning as professional ones. After your cleaning, you can discuss the best methods for cleaning your teeth at home. Utilizing the proper brushing and flossing methods are critical for maintaining your oral health.


Sometimes, dental problems can go beyond what the professional can see on the surface – therefore, oral x-rays are sometimes necessary. We can identify problems with the structure of the teeth or decay issues that are apparent through the use of an X-ray. Once the issue has been identified, a proper course of treatment can commence. An x-ray may also be necessary if you were in an accident and potentially sustained injuries to your teeth.

Early Detection = Fewer Problems

If you’re not visiting the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups, minor problems can become major problems if they’re not caught in the early stages. We’ll have the best chance at catching a variety of dental problems, from small cavities to early detection of oral cancer if you come in regularly. During your examination, Dr. Kitagawa will examine your head and neck region including the TMJ (jaw joint). This screening exam is done to help identify any possible abnormalities. Then an oral cancer screening is completed.

Other dental problems that are best if caught early include:

Gentle Dentistry Techiques

At Gateway Dental Care, our oral hygienists are trained in gentle dentistry techniques. If you’re typically terrified of the dentist, have no fear. We’re here to make you feel at ease. With regular teeth cleanings, you’ll see less plaque, buildup, and inflammation, making your future trips to the dentist easier and more pain-free.

Pleasanton’s Best Dentist

In addition to providing quality care, Gateway Dental is a place that you can trust because of our trained professionals are kind, experienced, and dedicated to your care and comfort. For dental checkups, cleanings and x-rays, contact our Pleasanton dentist office to set up an appointment.

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