Thanksgiving is in just a few days and many families are jubilant and ready to chow down on some delicious holiday favorites. From turkey to stuffing, pies and cranberry sauce, and everything in-between, people prepare to load their plates and try not to fall asleep during the game after eating. While this may be a fun and relaxing time for many, it is important to make sure we don’t become too lax in other areas, such as our oral health. Your Rancho Cucamonga, CA dentist at Stadium Dental and Orthodontics is prepared to shed some light on the importance of receiving dental cleanings during the holidays.
While the holidays seem like the perfect time to put off checkups, it actually is the opposite. During your routine examination, your dentist will be able to examine your smile for any signs of damage or harm, such as a chip, crack, or cavity. We will also check your mouth and oral structures for any signs of abnormalities that could be detrimental. This would include checking the gums for inflammation or discoloration, and checking the tongue, lips, cheeks, throat, and roof of the mouth for any odd bumps, rough patches, and more. It is recommended that you attend a checkup at least once every six months in order to keep your oral health at the forefront and increase the chances of identifying concerns early enough to prevent them from getting out of hand.
Removing Harmful Buildup
An added benefit of attending your regular checkup is receiving a dental cleaning. A cleaning aids in removing pesky plaque buildup caused by harmful oral bacteria. The bacteria will continue to grow and, if left unmanaged, will calcify and develop into tartar. When this occurs, it is much more difficult to remove and will result in bad breath, increased chances for periodontal disease and even decay or loss. To avoid these negative effects, a routine cleaning can rid your smile of harmful intruders.
Increasing Your Smile’s Lifespan
While Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday foods are well-received, it is important to know the negative affects some of our favorite treats can have on our smiles. For example, oral bacteria feeds on sugar which then causes them to secrete harmful acids that breakdown the healthy structure of a tooth. With routine preventive care at home as well as in the dental office, you are able to minimize the damage that is done.
Do Not Falter on Your Preventive Care
Contact Stadium Dental and Orthodontics in Rancho Cucamonga, CA today by calling (909) 476-9678 to schedule your routine dental checkup and cleaning. Brushing and flossing are only half of the fight, and staying on top of your oral health is a must to ensure a lifelong smile.