Good dental hygiene isn’t only about your teeth and gums. Research shows that non-oral health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and bone loss, are associated with poor dental hygiene. At Balboa Island Dentistry, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Stephen Alfano has been providing expert dental hygiene and overall oral care to patients for over two decades.
A patient should visit his or her dentist at least once every six months for an examination and a professional cleaning. The professional cleaning will remove plaque, bacteria and other substances that have the potential to cause tooth decay and other serious issues. At the examination, the dentist will evaluate the teeth for any cavities, decay or other issues that may affect the health of the person's teeth. The dentist will then schedule another appointment to perform dental procedures if required.
The patient may receive x-rays at the appointment.
During the dental hygiene appointment, the dentist will examine both the teeth and gums. Dr. Alfano or our licensed registered dental hygienist may perform a root scaling to treat gum disease at the appointment. The dentist may apply antibiotics into the gums to treat the problem. The dentist will educate the patient on the severity of the gum disease and its significance.
The dentist will ask the patient a series of questions related to the patient's diet and dental health practices. The dentist may recommend changes to the patient's diet and oral health regimen to promote better dental health.
A patient can't brush his or her teeth thoroughly enough to remove all bacteria and food particles. The bacteria have the potential to eat away at the jawbone and cause tooth loss. It can travel into the bloodstream and lead to heart problems. The dentist can detect problems early enough to treat the issue before serious complications occur.
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
"Very happy with Dr. Alfano. He has a way with injections to make them not hurt! Very professional yet very friendly office."
“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.