The importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings with San Francisco dentist
Good oral hygiene creates a foundation for a healthy smile. At West Portal Family Dentistry, we strongly encourage patients to take proper care of their smile between routine visits. But what if you are not attending your routine visits? What if it has been a while since your last checkup? Our team understands that many patients have dental anxiety, but it has never been more critical for patients to have their routine appointments done every six months. But why are regular dental checkups and cleanings important? San Francisco, CA area dentists, Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh, explain.
Routine dental visits are essential to oral health
While brushing and flossing the teeth at home are the best steps you can take each day to protect your smile, never underestimate the importance of routine cleanings and examinations at the dental office. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry encourage visits at least every six months. This gives the dental team the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of your current oral hygiene routine, provide suggestions for future procedures and services, and detect the noticeable signs of periodontal disease and tooth decay. When problems such as cavities and infection arise, they are easier to manage in their earlier stages. Treatment as soon as the problem develops significantly increases the chances of a patient effectively addressing the issue in an affordable and effective manner—and keeps the condition from causing irreversible damage to the bone, soft tissues, or teeth.
What can I expect during a routine visit?
The American Dental Association makes the recommendation of visiting the dentist every six months if your smile is in good health. During these visits, patients can expect:
- A comprehensive examination
- Education on how to care for the smile
- Recommendations for future treatments (functional or cosmetic)
- X-ray images to monitor dental health below the gum line
- A thorough cleaning by one of our dental hygienists
Are you overdue for a checkup?
Do not hesitate to contact the team at West Portal Family Dentistry to discuss your needs. We not only provide routine dental care and comprehensive solutions for the smile, but we also offer a range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services. We encourage new patients and families to contact our office at (415) 604-9292 to request a consultation appointment, full examination, and a thorough dental cleaning.