Too many patients avoid going to the dentist regularly because they are afraid of dental procedures and spending time in the dentist’s chair. While this is a common fear, it is unfortunately a fear with serious implications as well. Avoiding professional dental cleanings makes it more likely that you will experience serious dental disease along with tooth and bone loss. Professional cleanings are important for both restorative and preventative reasons, and every patient needs to prioritize this treatment in their yearly schedule.
During your semi-annual exam your dentist will be able to treat any dental decay or disease you may be combating. Gum disease, which often goes undetected by patients, can cause serious complications including tooth loss, bone loss, and systemic problems such a heart disease. A dental professional, however, can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages, saving you time, money, and discomfort down the road. Additionally, cavities need to be filled before they escalate to require root canal treatment, and plaque needs to be removed from dental enamel before it causes cavities. Both of these problems can only be solved with a professional cleaning.
Along with addressing current dental problems, your dentist will be able to implement treatment that helps you prevent dental decay down the road. Fluoride treatments are important for people with compromised dental strength as well as children. Additionally our Glendale general dentists perform oral cancer screenings as part of a patient’s regular check-up.
Whether or not you have a noticeable dental problem, it’s important to maintain a schedule of regular professional cleanings. Don’t wait until the problem is so severe that it’s an emergency. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, give our Glendale general dentists a call at (818) 334-2974.