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Regular Dental Checkups Matter!
Are you worried that you are not seeing the dentist enough? Dr. Steve S. Kim invites you to take some time and read through this article to find out just how often you should be visiting the dentist and why.
Our Torrance, CA dental office focuses on good oral hygiene and preventative care. Dr. Kim believes that all patients should have a happy and healthy smile and he works hard to ensure that all patients understand the importance of regular dental checkups.
It is recommended that all patients visit the dentist twice per year or every six months. The reason behind this is to help keep your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. Sometimes, Dr. Kim will recommend that patients come into our Torrance office every three months for dental checkups, just to keep an eye on any conditions and closely monitor any issues that may be present.
Regular dental checkups are not only recommended by Dr. Kim, but also by the American Dental Association. These appointments are vital to the overall health of your teeth and gums, so you do not want to miss them.
Dr. Steve S. Kim and his staff want you to be able to share your smile with the world and we can make that happen too. We invite you to continue to read below about why you need to have regular dental cleanings and what these cleanings can do for you.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or you would like to consult with Dr. Kim, please call our Torrance, CA office today!
An Overview of Your Dental Visit in Torrance, CA
Visiting the dentist can be nerve racking for some patients and we believe that preparation and knowing what to expect can help ease those nerves. When you come into our Torrance office for a dental checkup, you can expect our dental staff to provide you with a thorough examination. During the exam, Dr. Kim will look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, oral cancer, and perform a quick check of your jaw and neck.
Many patients do not know this, but dentists can tell a lot about your health just by looking at your teeth.
In fact, Dr. Kim can tell if you have diabetes, oral cancer, or a vitamin deficiency through the exam.
While you are having your examination performed, Dr. Kim will look for any plaque and tartar build up. Plaque and tartar are the cause of gum disease and tooth decay, so it is important that it is removed.
Once the examination is complete, you will receive a dental cleaning, which removes any and all plaque from your teeth, a thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth, and polishing of your teeth. If your dental hygienist notices any areas of concern, they will be pointed out to you at this time. We also offer brushing and flossing demonstrations to ensure you are properly cleaning your teeth in between your checkups.
Why a Dental Cleaning? What Does It Do for Me?
Dental cleanings are necessary to efficiently remove any plaque and tartar that has built up over time. At your dental cleaning, your hygienist will remove this plaque and you will notice your teeth feel fresh and look bright.
A dental cleaning is more than just brushing your teeth though. Dr. Kim wants you to know that your exam and cleaning include a comprehensive process to ensure the removal of all plaque.
So, what does a dental cleaning do for you? Let’s see.
Freshens Your Breath
Tooth decay and poor oral hygiene lead to bad breath, which is not only a turn off, but embarrassing for patients as well. Regular dental cleanings help to remove the plaque on your teeth, which can cause tooth decay, which eventually causes bad breath. In addition, Dr. Kim can help you tackle bad breath if it is an ongoing issue.
Prevents Tooth Loss
Cavities happen and they are more prevalent in patients who do not receive regular dental cleanings. Once plaque is allowed to form on the teeth and remain there, it causes problems. Your gums will become infected and eventually pull away from the teeth. Over time, this build up and infection becomes profound and tooth loss can occur.
Brightens Your Smile
Regular dental cleanings provide you with white teeth that you are proud to show off. Over time, foods and drinks stain our teeth and can leave us feeling unsure. A cleaning can get rid of those stains that naturally occur over the years.
Imagine having to have restorative procedures performed because of bad oral hygiene? Dental crowns are expensive, and it is even more expensive to have dental implants. Take the time to have your teeth cleaned regularly and save yourself some serious money.
As you know, plaque causes cavities. Regular dental cleanings remove the plaque from your teeth and prevent dental caries. Should you not have cleanings done regularly, the plaque can eat away at the tooth enamel and cause you to develop cavities.
Improves Your Overall Health
Your mouth is a window to your health. If you have poor oral hygiene, your health will suffer as well. Clean teeth equal a happy body, so make sure you are having your teeth cleaned as often as needed.
Schedule a Dental Checkup Today
If you have not had a dental checkup performed recently, now is the time. Do not delay either! Dr. Steve S. Kim is here to assist you and provide you with a thorough checkup and cleaning. Prevention is the key to beautiful and healthy teeth! Schedule your appointment today in our Torrance, CA office by giving us a call!