A Message From Our Toluca Lake Dentists: Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Semi-Annual Cleanings

Written by Dr. McKay on Dec 12, 2017

Our Toluca Lake dentists see many patients who are unhappy with the respective states of their smiles, and many of these people have one thing in common: they have fallen behind with their schedule or semi-annual professional cleanings.

While semi-annual cleanings may not seem very important, the truth is that, when you commit to them, they can make a huge difference to the health of your smile. These appointments fulfill a number of objectives, including:

Allowing our team to clear away accumulated plaque and tartar. Plaque that is not brushed or flossed away in a timely manner inevitably calcifies onto the patient’s teeth and becomes tartar. Once plaque turns into tartar, it is very difficult to remove, and it is essential that you undergo a professional cleaning to get rid of it. Using professional tools and technologies, we’re also able to eliminate bacteria from those hard-to-reach spots that would otherwise be impossible to clean.

Another important thing that happens during your semi-annual appointment is the oral health assessment. When our dental team meets with you, we’ll be able to scan your smile for signs of damage and infection. And, when you see your dentist every six months, you allow your dentist to notice even the slightest changes in your smile. This type of constant vigilance enables us to spot and treat dental problems in their earliest stages.

Part of any assessment is an oral cancer screening. Because many types of oral cancer progress subtly, professional evaluations are critical for early detection and treatment of cancerous tissues.

If you are one of the many people who has spent years without completing a professional cleaning, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you reclaim your oral health. The best way to get started is to call our office for more information and to schedule a personal consultation.