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Time for the Back-to-School Dental Checkup Elk Grove, CA
A schoolgirl at a dental appointment.

This time of year, when students are preparing to return to school, presents the perfect opportunity for checking to make sure your child’s oral health is up to par. Among school-aged children, dental decay is the most common chronic disease, and over 51 million hours of school time are lost each year due to this preventable disease.

The back-to-school checkup allows the dentist to identify and treat tooth and gum disease before they have a chance to disrupt your student’s activities. Some school districts make it mandatory for returning or new students to have these important exams. Untreated tooth decay can ultimately affect your child’s ability to chew and/or speak. The distraction of pain and discomfort can also affect the child’s ability to participate in school activities. In addition to identifying problems, this visit to the dentist can also ensure that your child is practicing proper oral hygiene.

Brush and Floss Correctly

Children, especially young children, do not always practice proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing techniques may not be adequate to thoroughly clean away plaque and food particles from all the teeth. This leaves these neglected areas more vulnerable to plaque buildup, gingivitis and tooth decay. A visit to the dentist provides an opportunity for learning about proper brushing and flossing techniques. Your child’s teeth will also be thoroughly cleaned by a dental professional.

A professional cleaning removes all plaque and tartar buildup to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. As part of the cleaning process, the gums will be checked for potential problem areas for gingivitis. As children reach and move through puberty, hormone levels change and their gums can become more susceptible to disease. Another part of the cleaning may include fluoride treatment. This important step helps strengthen teeth against decay. For younger patients who are just getting their molars in, your dentist may suggest dental sealants.

Dental Sealants Offer More Protection

The dental sealants used on permanent molars are made from a medical-grade resin. The content is similar to that of the composite material used to fill teeth, but the consistency is runny. This allows the sealants to settle into the deep grooves and fissures of the chewing surface of the molars.

The coating provides protection against the bacteria and buildup of food particles in these areas and thus minimizes the opportunity for dental decay. In fact, dental sealants can reduce the incidence of dental decay by about 80%.
At Ora Dentistry, we are committed to helping you and your family members maintain the highest level of oral health. Contact us today to schedule back-to-school checkups so your kids can begin the school year with healthy, bright smiles.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm