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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Routine Dental Visit Elk Grove, CA
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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Routine Dental Visit

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that patients see a dentist at least twice a year for a routine visit. This visit involves an exam, a professional dental cleaning and possible x-rays. Don’t mistake these routine appointments as optional. In fact, regular dental exams and cleanings are an integral part of your oral health care plan. Simply brushing and flossing at home can’t take the place of routine, preventative care with your dentist.

Whether it’s a lack of time or insurance coverage, far too many patients either skip or delay their six-month visit at the dentist. Here are some important reasons why you should make these appointments a priority this year:

#1 Your Toothbrush Can’t Do What a Professional Cleaning Can Do
Only a dentist has the correct cleaning tools and techniques to effectively remove plaque once it has hardened along your teeth and gums. Even the most diligent brusher or flosser will fail to remove tartar and calculus, which is the leading culprit to decay and gum disease. A professional cleaning also removes dental film, traces of food and stubborn stains. Nothing compares to the polished smile your dentist can give you after this upgraded cleaning.

#2 Early Signs of Gum Disease and Decay Can Be Detected
At your routine visit, we will measure the height of your gums and compare it to the last charted notes. This, along with visual signs of swelling, redness or bleeding, can tell us if you are suffering from periodontal disease. Keep in mind that early to moderate gum disease is easily reversed with the help of your dentist.

Did you know that a cavity can be detected long before you experience symptoms? Early cavity detection, through the use of advanced imaging and technology, can mean more conservative treatment and in some cases, cavity reversal. Waiting until a cavity has advanced can often lead to more invasive and more costly restorations.

#3 Oral Cancer Screenings Are Included
Oral cancer is a serious form of cancer that can be fatal if not detected and treated early. During your routine dental visit, our dentist conducts a visual and physical exam of the oral cavity and connected tissues. It only takes a few painless minutes, but it could be the screening that saves your life.

Schedule Your Routine Cleaning With Us

Regardless of your age, gender or ethnicity, you need a routine dental cleaning to retain optimal oral health. Keep in mind that your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Therefore, by attending your six-month visits, you are protecting your smile, your body and your quality of life. Call Laguna West Dental Care to learn more about stress-free dental care for the entire family.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!