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Regular dental visits with your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, are important for all of our patients. They are the best way to prevent dental diseases that can impact a person’s health and wellbeing. Of course, you may be putting off your next cleaning, especially right now, but it’s important that you don’t. In fact, the American Dental Association advises that everyone continue visiting the dentist for their six-month checkups.
We Catch Problems Early
As with any health problem, it’s important to catch decay and gum disease early so that we can treat them as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can cause severe and permanent damage to your teeth, gums, bone, and face. Unfortunately, in the very beginning stages, these common dental issues don’t cause symptoms. Therefore, the only way you’ll know that you have decay or gingivitis is by visiting our Long Beach, CA, family dentist every six months for cleanings and exams.
Maintain a Beautiful-Looking Smile
We have the tools and techniques to be able to get into all those little crevices and nooks to remove tartar and plaque buildup that you haven’t been able to remove through at-home brushing and flossing. Don’t feel defeated. Even the most careful brushers and flosses aren’t able to clean all areas of their smile perfectly, but this is another reason why you shouldn’t skip out on routine dental checkups. You’ll also walk out of our office with fresher breath and a whiter smile.
Protect Your Health
Did you know that many systemic diseases can be detected by simply examining your mouth? During these routine checkups, Dr. DuRoss can identify changes or symptoms that could be warning signs of diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and many other health problems that could be potentially serious.
This Visit Could Save Your Life
During your six-month checkup, we also perform oral cancer screenings. Everyone gets screened because anyone can develop oral cancer, and the sooner we detect a suspicious growth or lump the better the prognosis. Oral cancer is treatable when diagnosed early but can be life-threatening if not caught in time. These quick, painless screenings could save your life.
If it’s been more than six months since you last visited our Long Beach, CA, family dentist, Dr. DuRoss, for a routine checkup, it’s time to pick up the phone and call us at (562) 424-8537. We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our patients safe so that they can continue to get the proper routine cleanings and care they need to support healthy smiles.
You want to keep a healthy smile. How often should you visit Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your dentist in Long Beach, CA? He and his dedicated team of professionals partner with you in maintaining good oral health. Read on to learn the whys, hows and how often of preventive dentistry.
The American Dental Association (ADA) promotes a simple rule: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss around them daily. These oral hygiene habits eliminate bad breath, remove dental stains and reduce plaque and tartar. Because of their indwelling bacteria, plaque and tartar cause tooth decay and gum disease, both major causes of tooth loss. So regular at-home care is key to preventing oral health issues.
Both the ADA and Dr. DuRoss agree that most patients (toddlers through adults of senior age) should visit the dentist twice a year. A semi-annual hygienic cleaning removes the plaque and tartar that brushing alone cannot. The hygienist looks for any signs of gum disease, decay and oral cancer, and takes X-rays as scheduled.
Then, your Long Beach dentist performs his examination. Complete check-ups uncover signs of decay, gum disease and oral cancer early before they become complex and harder to treat.
Here are the assessments Dr. DuRoss performs with every six-month examination:
- A check for tooth decay and signs of gum disease
- An assessment of existing restorations such as crowns, fillings, dental implants and veneers
- A check of dental bite (how teeth come together) and jaw joint function
- Visual inspection of gums, tongue, lips, the back of the throat and more for signs of oral cancer
Dr. DuRoss will share his findings with you and explain what preventive, restorative and cosmetic care you need to have bright, healthy teeth and gums going forward.
A note on emergency care
If you or a loved one suffer a cracked tooth, throbbing toothache or other dental emergencies, call Dr. DuRoss right away for first aid advice and an appointment if necessary. Urgent dental matters are always a reason to see your family dentist.
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Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Visiting Dr. DuRoss semi-annually (or as often as he advises) protects your smile for life. To arrange your regular cleaning and examination. please call the office at (562) 424-8537.