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Regular dental exams are important for strong, beautiful teeth and for your overall health. These exams give us a chance to look for dental problems, perform a comprehensive cleaning, provide tips on caring for your teeth, and suggest ways to brighten your smile.
During your dental exam, our La Mesa dentist or dental hygienist will perform a dental cleaning and look for signs of cavities or gum disease. During this comprehensive cleaning, we will remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease, cavities and even tooth loss. Dental cleaning also gives you a great looking smile.
The dental health professional will also evaluate your risk for developing other dental problems, and check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. Your dental exam may include x-rays or other diagnostic procedures.
Our dental professional may discuss your diet and lifestyle habits that can potentially affect your oral health or cause cosmetic problems with your teeth. The dentist or dental hygienist might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve your dental hygiene. You may discuss various dental procedures to make your teeth whiter, brighter and more appealing.
Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing, you still need regular dental exams to give our dentist an opportunity to check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems cause no pain or other signs until they reach an advanced stage, when most problems are most difficult to treat. Regular visits allow our dentist to spot early signs of cavities, gum disease and oral cancer, when these problems are at a manageable stage.
Most people benefit from seeing the dentist twice a year; some can get away with fewer visits while others need to see the dentist more frequently. You may need to visit our dentist more frequently if you have a high risk of dental disease due to:
Weak immune system
Tendency to build up plaque or develop cavities
Your dental exam schedule will probably change throughout the course of your lifetime. You may need to see the dentist more often after an illness or particularly stressful time, for example, or your dentist may suggest you lengthen the time between visits if you have not developed cavities or gum disease for several years. Ask our dentist for the best schedule for your routine dental visits and teeth cleaning.
For more information about dental exams, make an appointment with Authentic Dental Designs, serving the areas of San Diego including La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Roland and Lake Murray. Our dentist in La Mesa works from a convenient location that is like having access to a Lemon Grove dentist and a Spring Valley dentist without all the extra travel. We are located at 8029 La Mesa Blvd in La Mesa, CA. Make your appointment today by calling 619-460-9100 or make an appointment online.