Why You Should Never Skip Your Dental Check Ups

Most people know that brushing and flossing every day are essential to keep from developing cavities that can cause you to need fillings. Many people think about going to the dentist when there is a problem, but regular dental checkups are also important to keeping your teeth healthy and looking beautiful. 

At Morning Dental, we realize that going to the dentist is something that most people don’t particularly anticipate with joy. At our offices in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, skilled and compassionate dentists, Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS, and our friendly staff make your dental visits feel easy and comfortable. They offer a full range of dental treatments to give you healthy teeth and a smile of which to be proud. 

What is a dental checkup?

A dental checkup is a regular dental visit that allows your dentist to monitor the health of your teeth to catch any problems before they become serious issues. In addition to regular care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day, a visit to your dentist allows you to have your teeth professionally cleaned, removing any plaque or tartar on your teeth. 

During your checkup, your dentist completes a physical examination of your mouth, gums, and teeth, looking for any signs of decay, gum disease, or any other issues. He asks you if you are having any problems or discomfort in your mouth. Then he uses diagnostic tools such as x-rays to take a closer look and possibly discover problems, such as tiny cavities, that are not possible to see with the naked eye. 

How often should I have a checkup?

We generally recommend that our patients have a dental cleaning every six months, and a checkup every year. However, we develop a personalized checkup schedule for each of our clients that takes into account their specific dental history and needs. 

We may recommend more frequent dental checkups if you have significant dental issues that need more frequent monitoring, such as gum disease. This allows your dentist to keep an eye on any developments and offer timely treatments that keep your conditions from quickly worsening. 

Why you should never skip your dental check ups

Daily flossing and brushing help to keep your teeth clean and prevent bacteria from causing plaque to form on your teeth and cause tooth decay. However, professional cleanings offered by your dentist offer a much more thorough cleaning, and can remove plaque that has hardened into tartar, which you are not able to remove yourself.

A dental checkup allows your dentist to regularly examine your teeth and find issues and treat them before they become serious and painful. Your dentist completes a physical examination of your mouth, gums, and teeth, and uses x-rays to find problems too small to see. These regular checkups save you discomfort, time, and money by catching problems while they are still small. 

To set up an appointment for a checkup, call the office that’s most convenient for you, or use our online appointment booking service.

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