Think Ahead with Regular Dental Checkups

Dec 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Dental News

Dental CheckupsHow often does your dentist cross your mind? You might think to call him when your tooth hurts, or when your bad breath won’t go away. However, keeping your smile healthy requires visiting us for regular dental checkups and cleanings at our Richmond dentist’s office at least once every six months. Your hygiene routine at home may be excellent, but without professional care, the bacteria that lead to most dental diseases can still overwhelm your teeth and gums. Your toothbrush and floss help control mouth germs in between your dental checkups, when Dr. Moiceanu and our hygienists can professionally clean your mouth and check it for signs of dental diseases.

What is Dr. Moiceanu Checking?

If you’ve ever had a cavity, you might have been warned about it by the pain in your infected tooth. Long before tooth decay eats a hole in your tooth and makes it hurt, Dr. Moiceanu can spot the early signs of a tooth infection, including the erosion of your tooth enamel. Weak tooth enamel can often be strengthened if caught early, before it becomes too weak to repel bacteria from your tooth. Dr. Moiceanu will also thoroughly inspect your oral cavity for signs of gum disease, problems like teeth-grinding and TMJ disorder, and abnormalities in your oral tissues that can indicate oral cancer.

Doesn’t Your Toothbrush Clean Enough?

Sticking to your daily hygiene routine can make you feel pretty confident—maybe confident enough to believe you can skip a checkup now and then without consequence. The truth, however, is that regardless of how diligent you are and how innovative your toothbrush is, you’re liable to miss a spot or two of plaque once in a while, which can calcify into tartar if it stays on your teeth long enough. As an insoluble substance, tartar is too tough for you to remove with toothpaste and water. From its protection, oral bacteria can go on multiplying and producing harmful substances practically free of obstruction.

Our caring, compassionate hygienists use professional tools to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from on and between your teeth, including along your gum line to reduce the risk of gum disease. By hesitating to attend your dental checkups, you can allow the germs in your mouth just enough time to cause serious damage, and your next visit may involve addressing an already-developed dental diseases.

About Dr. Moiceanu:

Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist, as well as a Fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He proudly serves patients and families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call Hilltop Family Dental today at 510-758-7222.

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