Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Smile Beautifully with Regular Checkups and Cleanings
Even if you brush and floss diligently every day, your teeth still aren’t as healthy as they could be unless you attend a regular dental cleaning twice a year. Thanks to our trained eyes, we are able to spot problem areas long before they present symptoms like discomfort. We are also able to clean your teeth until they practically sparkle, which also makes it much harder for bacteria to wreak havoc in your mouth. Since we’re a family practice, we can treat the whole family under one roof. To learn more, keep reading below, or just give us a call today!
What You Can Expect During Your Appointment
During the checkup portion of your visit, your dentist will give your mouth a thorough examination, checking every section of your mouth for problems like cavities, gum disease, worn-down teeth, and oral cancer. We’ll also take detailed x-rays so we can diagnose any problems that may lie beneath the surface of your smile, like decay between the teeth and problems with your jawbone. Any existing dental work you have, like crowns, bridges, or fillings, will also be checked for damage.
Next comes your dental cleaning. One of our skilled dental hygienists will use special tools to remove built-up plaque and its hardened form, tartar, from your teeth and along your gumline. Then, they’ll thoroughly polish your teeth to remove minor stains from your enamel.
Why Regular Visits Are So Important
If for some reason you neglect to brush and floss twice a day, dental plaque (a sticky film of bacteria and food particles) builds up on your teeth and gums. Keeping up with an oral hygiene routine can disrupt plaque, but without brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar, which only a trained dental professional can remove. Since tartar increases your chances of getting cavities and gum disease, it’s imperative that you get it cleaned off at least twice a year.
The checkup portion of your appointment is just as important in the grand scheme of things. Many dental issues don’t present symptoms like pain until serious damage has already been done. By letting your dentist evaluate your mouth every six months, we can check for problem areas and treat them before they wreak havoc on your oral health.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health Between Checkups
Keeping your mouth healthy involves a bit of daily work on your part. Clean your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush every morning and evening. It also helps to use toothpaste with fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral strengthens your teeth, making them less vulnerable to decay. Floss between your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque that has accumulated there. Eat a diet rich in mouth-healthy foods like fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Finally, if you smoke, consider quitting. Smoking raises your risk of not only gum disease, but also oral cancer.
If you and your family are ready to have clean and healthy smiles, look no further than Torrance Dentistry. We look forward to treating the whole family!