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Visiting the dentist, even twice a year, can be a hassle. However, it’s a vital step you must take to keep your mouth healthy. At every dental checkup, your dentist will perform two actions: evaluate your health and clean your teeth.

By examining your health, your dentist can catch many dental problems before they develop. Some health issues, like gum disease, can develop without showing symptoms, which is why it’s important that you visit a dental specialist at least twice a year. Your dentist examines more than just your mouth—he or she also looks at your throat, face, head, and neck.

After the examination, your dentist cleans your teeth with special tools to remove any plaque or tartar along your teeth and gums. When the cleaning is complete, your dentist will be able to tell you about the health of your smile and how to improve your oral hygiene routine, if necessary. If the cleaning reveals any “problem areas,” your dentist may recommend future treatment to resolve these issues.

Visiting the dentist tends to boost your desire to brush and floss your teeth daily. If you struggle to maintain good oral care habits, dental checkups are especially important because your teeth are at a higher risk of tooth decay.

We ask that you don’t risk your health by procrastinating important dental checkups. Contact Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at 818-641-5577 and schedule an appointment. Your health and smile are important to us.