You might think that if your teeth are straight and white, your smile is in perfect shape. This may very well be true, but looks can be deceiving. It doesn’t take tooth pain or a visible problem to necessitate a visit to the dentist. You should visit your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and checkups for the maintenance of your healthy smile, if nothing else. Today, our Temecula dentists would like to share with you what you can expect at a dental exam.

Now or Later

One of the benefits of visiting your dentist every six months is that he or she can closely monitor your oral health for signs of changes. In fact, because dentists recommend semi-annual visits, they are often the first to notice symptoms of diseases or problems that can either progress or cause other problems if left untreated. Many people are hesitant to get a dental exam because they don’t want the dentist telling them the things they need to have treated; but preventive dentistry and early treatment are almost always less costly than treating ailments in their later stages. Sometimes waiting could cost you your life.

Oral Cancer

A dental checkup allows your dentist to check your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Malignancies in the mouth, lips, and throat affect more than 40,000 new patients each year. One fifth as many will die. But early detection and treatment can dramatically improve the chances of successful treatment.

Gum Disease

During a dental checkup, your dentist can check for signs of gum disease. If detected and treated in its earliest stage, gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed. If gum disease progresses, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. Also, a hygienist will remove plaque from between teeth and under the gum line. This will help prevent gum disease.

Shine Your Smile

Brushing, flossing, and even over-the-counter tooth-whitening products can’t produce the results that a dental hygienist can. He or she will remove unsightly plaque and tartar from your teeth and polish away stains from coffee, tobacco, and aging.

Schedule an Appointment

It’s important to follow a proper at-home oral health regimen, including brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, in addition to professional cleaning. To schedule an appointment with one of our Temecula dentists, call us at (951) 695-2290.