Keep a healthy smile with regular visits to James W. Mellert and Associates in Torrance
If you brush and floss daily, you might think that it’s ok to skip the cleaning at your dentist’s office but doing so could put your oral health at risk. A professional cleaning twice a year is still recommended because the dentist and hygienist can get into areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. Besides getting a more thorough cleaning, your bi-annual visit is a good time for the dentist to evaluate your gum health, check for potential problems such as cavities or tooth fractures, and determine whether or not you could benefit from additional treatments.
Get whiter, brighter teeth
Keep your breath fresh
Prevent cavities and gum disease
Detect problems such as fractures and broken fillings
Detect early signs of oral cancer
Reduce the possibility of needing more serious and costly treatments in the future
Some people may think it’s a hassle to go to the dentist to get their teeth cleaned, but it’s important to understand that during your dental visit, your dentist or hygienist is also helping to identify potential problems before they get out of hand. A relatively minor problem such as a cavity or gingivitis can turn into a much bigger issue if it isn’t taken care of promptly. Over time, these easily treatable conditions can turn into something that is much costlier and difficult to manage, more painful, and can even be detrimental to your overall health. Avoid all of these problems by being diligent about going to your regularly scheduled checkups and teeth cleaning appointments.
Regular teeth cleanings focus at and above the gum line. It begins with an exam of your entire mouth followed by the use of a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar. Once that procedure is complete, the hygienist will use a high-powered toothbrush to gently scrub your teeth. The cleaning is usually complete with an expert flossing and final rinse.
For some people, a routine cleaning is not enough. If you haven’t been to a dentist in quite some time or have been diagnosed with gum disease, the dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning. This procedure is used to remove bacteria deposits from underneath the gums. The good news is, if you stay on a consistent schedule and visit your dentist regularly, there’s less of a chance that you will need to have a deep cleaning.
If you’re looking for an experienced family dentist in the Torrance area, we hope that you’ll consider Dr. James W. Mellert. A third-generation dentist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Mellert is dedicated to providing his patients with the best possible care with minimal discomfort. He and the entire team understand that, for many people, going to the dentist can be a difficult and frightening experience. That’s why every precaution is taken to ensure that when you’re in the dental chair you feel at ease and in control.
Whether you’re looking for a family dentist for simple preventative care like teeth cleanings or more complex procedures like dental implants and gum grafts, James W. Mellert DDS and Associates is here to serve you. Call today to schedule an appointment.