Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Porterville, CA

At Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, good oral health is the number one priority. To ensure you and your family’s teeth and mouth stay healthy, Richard Hardt, DDS, and Lawryn Monterroso, DDS, offer comprehensive preventive dentistry services, including expert advice about practicing good dental hygiene such and recommending brushing techniques. You can rely on the dedication of Dr. Hardt’s staff for thorough cleanings and routine evaluations of your oral health. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

What is preventive dentistry?

Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso emphasize the ability of preventive dentistry to protect your oral health and identify signs of tooth decay or gum disease as early as possible.

Richard Hardt, D.D.S. provides preventive services for the whole family, including:

  • Routine checkups
  • Dental sealants
  • Cavity prevention
  • Home care dental instructions
  • Proper brushing techniques
  • General patient education
  • Professional dental cleanings


Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso recommend dental visits every six months to ensure your continued good oral health.


Why do I need routine dental checkups?

During a dental checkup, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other areas of your mouth. They check for early signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.

Routine cleanings are also an essential part of good oral health. A professional cleaning removes tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth to help prevent cavities.

Cleanings also remove bacteria and other debris from your gumline to prevent infection and disease. At each cleaning, your teeth also receive a polishing to remove stains and make your teeth feel and look squeaky-clean.


What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective coating Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso may place over your molars to prevent food and other debris from causing cavities.

This thin coating is made from dental-safe materials and sticks to the chewing surface of your teeth. Sealants are effective in reducing tooth decay, especially in children who are still learning how to brush properly.

The sealant process is simple and painless. Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso clean and dry your tooth, then place an acidic gel on the surface of each tooth. After a brief wait, you rinse away the gel and they apply the sealant, using a special light to bond it to your teeth and make it harden.

Sealants last for up to several years and may need replacement when they wear away. Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso monitor the condition of your sealant at your routine checkups and reapply it as needed.

Learn more about the preventive dentistry services available at Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, by calling the office or using the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.