Family Dentistry

John H Ko, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

John H Ko, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Pleasanton, CA

It’s important for every member of your family to practice good oral hygiene and receive good dental care, and it’s even easier to make sure that happens when all of your dental visits are done under one roof. That’s why John H Ko DDS in Pleasanton, California, offers top-of-the-line conservative care and family dentistry services, such as routine checkups and dental cleanings. To learn more about the all-ages and kid-friendly treatments offered, schedule an appointment today by calling the offices or using the convenient online booking tool.

Family Dentistry Q & A

Why is it important to have routine dental exams?

Routine dental exams are necessary for maintaining good oral health, practicing preventive care, and detecting and treating problems early when they’re easier to treat. Even if you and your family practice good oral hygiene at home, there are still a number of dental concerns that might arise and need professional treatment, such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Regular dental exams are a way to ensure that your smile remains healthy and happy.

How often should I have a dental exam?

The American Dental Association recommends that adults consult with their dentist to determine the intervals for regular dental exams. John H Ko, DDS typically sees his patients every six months when they’re healthy, but he might ask you to check in more frequently if you have certain oral risks, like periodontal disease.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you work with your dentist to determine how frequently your child should come in for dental exams, but Dr. Ko also generally advises children to check in once every six months.

What happens during my dental exam?

There are two main components to your family’s regular dental exams at John H Ko DDS: the examination and the cleaning (otherwise known as oral prophylaxis).

During the examination, Dr. Ko and his hygienist will:

  • Assess your general oral health and hygiene
  • Assess your risk of tooth decay, root decay, gum disease, and bone disease
  • Screen your mouth for oral cancer
  • Evaluate your bite and jaw
  • Determine whether you need fluoride
  • Determine whether you need tooth restoration or tooth replacement


Dr. Ko might also take X-rays of your teeth in order to scan for problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye, such as certain cavities. X-rays aren’t taken at every dental exam, and the exposure to radiation from dental X-rays is low.

During the cleaning, Dr. Ko’s hygienist removes the plaque and tartar that builds up underneath your gumline and can lead to gum disease and polish your teeth, leaving you with a bright smile and a deep clean.

At the end of the exam, Dr. Ko will go over proper at-home hygiene techniques, such as brushing and flossing. This is especially important for your children, who are learning how to take care of their mouths, but can also be important for the adults in your family, who might fall into bad habits over time.

If you want to learn more about making John H Ko DDS your family’s one-stop shop for gentle dentistry at the highest quality, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.