Maintaining your healthy smile begins with brushing and flossing at home. Your at-home oral hygiene is supported with regular trips to your dentist’s office for cleaning and examination. These visits combine to prevent the buildup of plaque and treat the presence of tartar that lead to tooth decay. At your Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we urge you to schedule a checkup twice per year. First, a hygienist will inspect the results of your daily brushing and flossing, then they will clean your teeth. Our dentist will then examine your mouth for any oral health issues and recommend treatment when required.
The Importance Of Regular Checkups
Certain oral health problems can develop without you noticing. When you attend dental cleanings and exams, you allow our team to inspect your smile and detect problems like cavities and gum disease. Early detection of oral threats can lead to more conservative treatment, so do not skip your semiannual visit. Periodic cleanings treat the buildup of plaque and tartar that contribute to tooth decay, bad breath, staining, and gum disease. Your at-home habits can help remove plaque, but when it hardens and turns into tartar, it must be removed by your hygienist. We also check for the presence of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The sooner we identify these issues, the sooner you obtain treatment to prevent and relieve painful symptoms.
Oral Cancer Screenings
As part of our examination process, we offer screening for oral cancer. We use modern technology to identify various symptoms of the disease, such as lesions, growths, red and white patches, and bleeding that does not heal. Early detection improves your chances for full recovery. Please schedule an examination if you notice any of the signs of cancer in between your regular visits.
Healthy gums play a key role in supporting your smile and preventing tooth loss. If a dental exam reveals the presence of gum disease, we will recommend appropriate periodontal treatment. Gum disease develops because of bacterial infection in the gingival tissues. Signs of the disease include swollen gums, bleeding when flossing or brushing, and persistent bad breath. In the early stages, we can perform a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from the surface of exposed tooth roots. This allows healthy tissue to reattach to the root and reduce your symptoms. We can also make treatment recommendations for more advanced forms of periodontal disease.