Dental checkups only come twice a year for most of us, but even so, many of us still make excuses to delay or even skip them. This attitude can have long-lasting ramifications for your dental health and leave you more susceptible to serious dental problems. Our Beverly Hills dentist recommends biannual dental checkups to help you keep your teeth clean, keep your smile healthy and keep your wallet happy.
Your biannual dental exam includes a professional cleaning. Daily dental hygiene is important for removing plaque and bacteria, but it can still build up in those hard-to-reach areas. When plaque is not properly removed, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Failing to remove plaque and tartar can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease, cavities and other dental health problems.
Dental checkups can catch the earliest signs of dental problems. Delaying your next checkup can allow an area of minor decay to deteriorate into a major cavity or abscessed tooth, and gingivitis can develop into advanced periodontitis. These conditions can be more difficult and expensive to treat, and you may even risk losing one or more teeth.
Most patients can benefit from two dental checkups every year. If you are pregnant, have diabetes, use certain medications, smoke or have an increased risk of suffering from dental or other health problems, our dentist may recommend more frequent checkups. Give our offices a call today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Zadeh.