Has it been awhile since you've seen a dentist? Although your teeth may look and feel fine, the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease aren't always obvious. Visiting the dentist every six months is the best way to keep your smile bright and healthy. Irvine, CA, dentist, Dr. Greg Schinnerer, explains why preventive care is so important.
Regular visits help prevent major issues
Have you ever noticed that emergencies tend to happen at the most inconvenient times? Dental emergencies are no exception. Your tooth breaks during your much-anticipated vacation, or you wake up in the middle of the night in severe pain. Although it's not possible to prevent every emergency, in many cases, small issues that can become big problems may be detected during regular dental visits.
For example, tooth fractures often occur as a result of cracks in teeth. If the crack is detected during a dental exam, you can schedule an appointment to receive a crown. Once the crown is in place, your tooth will no longer be in danger of breaking. Unfortunately, if you skip a regular appointment or two, you'll never know that you have a crack. Your first hint that there's something wrong just might be when a piece of your tooth breaks off. Scheduling visits every six months will help ensure that every dental issue, from cracks to cavities to gum disease, are treated promptly.
Dental cleanings play an important role in your oral health
Dental cleanings, part of every regular dental visit, reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. During your cleaning at our Irvine office, both plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth. Plaque build up can lead to cavities. Brushing and flossing is a good way to get rid of the transparent film, but it can be a little challenging to remove plaque from overlapping teeth or hard-to-reach spots. If plaque lingers on your teeth long enough, it hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar causes gum disease and is so hard that brushing won't budge it. Twice-yearly cleanings are the best way to ensure that your teeth are tartar-free.
Protect your smile with regular dental visits. Call Irvine, CA, dentist, Dr. Schinnerer, at (949) 552-1701 to schedule your visit.