Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is an important aspect of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Typically, these visits not only involve carefully examining your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for any signs of trouble that need to be addressed. They also involve thoroughly cleaning your teeth and gums to remove traces of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) that harbor hundreds of harmful oral bacteria. Both services are vital to ensuring that your smile remains healthy, fully functional, and free of disease, which is why we recommend attending an exam and cleaning appointment at least once every six months.
Effective prevention requires you to stick to two important routines – brushing and flossing your teeth every day and attending regular preventive dental visits. These routines are important because the threats to your smile – namely, harmful oral bacteria – are present every day. That means your oral health is dynamic, and even if it’s perfectly healthy today, ineffective hygiene or skipping your dental appointments could allow that to change rapidly. If we notice signs of a developing issue during your visit, then we can suggest an appropriate treatment to address it as early as possible and help you avoid the need for more involved treatment.

Regular examinations and cleanings are important not only for keeping your teeth and gums clean, but also determining if you may need more targeted treatment to address a developing issue early. For more information, schedule an appointment with us by calling Westwood Family Dental today at (310) 441-8888.