What are your plans for this holiday season? If you are like most people, you will be spending quality time with the family, doing a lot of shopping and enjoying some time off work. That’s nice. But you should also consider getting a few important tasks out of the way this holiday season as well. For example, you could take advantage of your time off and pay a visit to your dentist.

We understand that going to your dentist for a checkup is the last thing on your mind. Especially when you could be spending that time getting your holiday shopping done. But it would be wise to give James W. Mellert a call and schedule that dental appointment. Here are a few reasons why.

Extra Sweets

This is the time of year when you are more likely to eat more sweets. Don’t deny it, it all started last Thursday with a big slice of pumpkin pie and an extra helping of candied yams.

And if you think six desserts on Thanksgiving is excessive, just wait until the Christmas goodies start to arrive.

The bottom line is your teeth could suffer from the increased sugar intake. So it makes perfect sense to schedule a dental appointment and have your teeth cleaned this holiday season.

Keep Those Bad Habits in Check

There are several bad habits that can have a negative impact on your oral health. You might not even realize that some of your habits are causing issues. Some of these habits include biting your nails, grinding your teeth and brushing your teeth too hard.

When you go for your regular dental checkups, your dentist will check for any oral damage that may have been caused by these habits. In addition, after being informed about how destructive these habits can be, you might choose to alter your lifestyle choices.

Gum Disease

Plaque and tartar buildup does more than just cause tooth decay, it can also erode the gum tissue in your mouth. This happens when buildup causes an infection where your teeth meet the gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth.

Once it has reached this point, you officially have gum disease and you can expect bleeding, swelling and pain. In addition to the breakdown of gum tissue, you can expect the eventual breakdown of the bone that holds your teeth in place.


Even the most diligent daily brusher and flosser will miss areas of their mouth and may have tartar buildup, which if left unchecked, will lead to a cavity.

You won’t get any warning sign that a cavity is forming, you will only feel the pain once the damage has been done.

Once the damage is done, your next visit to the dentist will be to take care of that cavity. A cleaning appointment right now is a lot less expensive than a filling in the future.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious disease that can manifest itself in a variety of ways. There are no early signs of the disease so often it is not diagnosed as quickly as possible and can become life-threatening. Luckily, early-stage oral cancer is often easily treatable.

Your dentist in Torrance is highly trained to recognize the symptoms and signs. Regular dental checkups give you the best chances of catching oral cancer in its early stages.


You might wonder why the first thing that happens at your dental visits are those annoying x-rays. X-ray images allow your dentist to see exactly what is happening below the surface. Your dentist can see any potential problems that need to be addressed right away.

Your x-rays can pinpoint impacted teeth, bone decay and wisdom teeth. Some more serious issues detected by x-rays include tumors and cysts.

Bright Smile

Everyone wants to have a healthy and bright smile. Your dentist has the skills and tools to help you get the brightest smile, but you need to schedule an appointment to make that happen.

Save Money

By having regular dental checkups, you will save a lot of money in the long run. While it might seem like regular dental checkups are expensive, they are a lot cheaper than root canals and treating gingivitis.

So take the time to schedule your checkup at James W. Mellert this holiday season.