It seems like everyone’s schedule is packed to the brim these days with work, social events, and other commitments. This can make it hard to find time to take care of your oral health by visiting the dentist. It is especially easy to put off your routine dental checkup if your teeth and gums feel healthy and you aren’t experiencing any pain. However, it is best for your oral health to visit your dentist every six months. Below, Dr. Roya Shoffet of Royal Dental Practice in West Hills, California, explains four important reasons to get routine dental checkups.
During the routine cleaning at your checkup, we gently remove built-up plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which all contribute to cavities and gum disease. Plaque hardens into tartar in just 48 hours, and once tartar has set, brushing at home cannot remove it. Professional cleaning removes these disease-causing substances from your teeth.
After removing plaque and tartar, we will polish your teeth with gritty toothpaste and specialized tools. This serves two purposes – it reduces the surface area that bacteria and plaque can thrive on while simultaneously removing surface stains. The end result is a sparkling, clean smile and fresher breath.
During your routine examination, Dr. Shoffet checks for any signs of potential problems, such as:
By detecting these issues early through regular checkups, they are more manageable and less costly to treat than if they are allowed to progress into more severe problems.
Whether you are wondering about which toothpaste is best for sensitive teeth or have other questions, we will take the time to talk with you about any concerns or questions you have so you feel confident about your oral health.
The medical history forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home.