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What steps do you take to prevent tooth decay? Do you schedule regular appointments with your dentist? By visiting every six months, you receive a professional cleaning to remove plaque deposits that harm your teeth. This treatment complements your daily brushing and flossing at home and provides an opportunity to detect any irregularities with your oral health. In fact, professional cleaning is necessary to remove tartar deposits that you cannot treat on your own.

At your Riverside, CA dental practice, we help you maintain healthy teeth by providing cleanings and removing cavities as soon as we detect them. When you come into our office regularly, you can catch tooth decay before it grows and further damages your teeth. This can mean receiving a more conservative treatment instead of waiting for advanced symptoms to appear at a later date.

The Importance Of Routine Cleanings For Preventing Decay

Decay occurs when oral bacteria gather on the surface of your teeth and produce harmful acids that wear away at your enamel. When you brush and floss regularly, you remove these deposits to keep your enamel healthy, but sometimes your daily practice is not enough to prevent all harm. By visiting your dentist for a general checkup, we inspect the results of your daily habits and perform a professional cleaning to remove bacteria you cannot treat on your own. Each visit gives us the chance to identify parts of your mouth that your own cleanings miss and review your brushing and flossing techniques. This preventive attitude means receiving care before symptoms of decay appear instead of waiting until your teeth are already damaged.

Treating Your Cavities

If we discover a cavity at your cleaning and examination, we suggest removing it before it can damage more of your tooth’s structure. We will apply a local anesthetic to numb the affected area and remove all decaying material from your tooth. Because this permanently alters the tooth’s structure, we will place a restoration to prevent bacteria from re-entering the inside of your tooth. Depending on the shape, size, and location of your cavity, we could place a dental filling or dental crown to complete your procedure.

Talk To Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Preventing And Treating Tooth Decay

Staying on top of regular dental cleanings can help you treat decay! To find out more, reach out to any of our locations near you at the following:

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.