1094 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

How often should you visit the dentist for a check-up?

On average, one should visit our dentist a couple of times yearly. We may require more frequent visits due to patients labeled at a higher risk, such as those who:

  • Smoke
  • Are diabetic
  • Have weak immune systems
  • Have gum disease
  • Have quicker plaque buildup

Regular teeth cleaning appointments assist in detecting problems early on. It is important to note that even after completing a dental cleaning with us, plaque begins to reform on one’s teeth in less than 48 hours. Proper daily cleaning, which includes flossing, can keep most plaque in check. However, some buildup is inevitable, and therefore, must be removed by tools utilized by our dentist.

During an exam, our dentist can identify signs of oral cancer, cavities, and receding gums. Gum disease is linked to cardiovascular disease, and thus, a dental appointment can lower the chances that one will have a heart attack or stroke.

A Typical Dental Check-Up

Step 1: During a dental check-up, you will be escorted to a dental chair, and be fitted with a bib to protect clothing.

Step 2: Our hygienist will have you fill out your medical history, and next take your blood pressure. We aim to create a relaxing ambience while you wait for your dental cleaning to begin.Once per year, you will have x-rays taken and reviewed by our dentist to make certain everything is in line, or if a potential issue has been discovered.

Step 3: Our dental hygienist then moves the chair back and begins to work on your teeth. For the most part, a lot of picking is completed using a dental instrument with a hook at the end that chips away at any plaque buildup.Technology is such today that one can get through the cleaning a bit quicker. If the buildup is too tough for a dental instrument, our hygienist will revert to a drill that shoots out water while cleaning the tooth painlessly.

Step 4: Once it is determined that your teeth are in good shape, our hygienist will floss your teeth and follow that up with a final cleaning.

Step 5: After the cleaning, our hygienist will provide a fluoride treatment.

Step 6: All that is left is for our dentist to do a spot check of the work, review the x-rays, and if all is well, you may set up an appointment for your next visit with us.