Patient Guidelines During COVID-19

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Getting your teeth cleaned and examined isn’t among most people’s first-choice activity. But maintaining these bi-annual appointments play an important role in preventative oral care -- and your overall health.

Protect your oral health

Oral diseases affect over 3.5 billion people, half of the world’s population, and many of these cases go untreated. Tooth decay is the most prevalent oral condition recorded, with periodontal disease not far behind.

As for cavities, you may think they’re only for children, yet almost 27% of adults have untreated cavities. Bi-annual checkups enable our team at Cali Dental to catch signs of cavities and gum disease early, treat them, and prevent these issues from progressing and potentially causing additional and most costly problems.

Our expert team examines each patient’s mouth for any problems that need attention or keeping an eye on. We look for:

Periodically, your exam also entails dental x-rays. X-rays enable us to see cavities and decay in between teeth and issues underneath the gums, such as bone loss in the jaw or impacted wisdom teeth.

Moreover, research shows that the risk of non-oral health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and bone loss, can increase due to poor oral hygiene.

Mitigate mask mouth

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has increased patients’ poor gingival health, leading to a condition known as Mask Mouth. Mask mouth is caused by wearing a mask for a lot of time, keeping your mouth closed behind a cloth mask, and breathing through your mouth more than your nose, which can dry out your mouth. As your mouth becomes dry, your breath smells, and your teeth suffer. The results can include:

Sparkling teeth

A professional dental cleaning eliminates plaque and tartar buildup and helps your teeth look brighter. Brushing twice per day and flossing daily between regular dental visits is essential. Still, it doesn’t replace a professional cleaning. With their instrumentation and expertise, dental hygienists and dentists can remove plaque and debris that you simply can’t reach o your own. Unaddressed, these can lead to gum disease. Finishing off your cleaning with a good polish helps your pearly whites sparkle brighter.

Consultation for teeth whitening

One of the easiest ways to look younger and improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. As a result, teeth whitening is more popular than ever. In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, whiter teeth were the number one improvement patients wanted to enhance their smile.

So don’t procrastinate your next dental exam and cleaning. Instead, schedule it today. Contact Cali Dental Care today. Call the office nearest you or book online today to schedule an appointment. We have offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Bakersfield, California.

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