School NPBCAIt’s amazing, but it’s already getting to be that time of the year. While it’s still scorching outside, the kids are starting to prepare to go back to school. Because of this, now is a great time for both your children and you to visit your dentist and have your teeth examined. By waiting, you can only allow more damage to occur.

Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist talks to you about the importance of routine checkups with a trained oral health professional.

Now Is A Perfect Time

We love and appreciate proper home oral care, but there are some things that just cannot be addressed without the help of a trained professional. The exam begins with an inspection of the teeth themselves, ensuring that no cavities or other tooth deterioration has occurred. We examine the gums and soft tissue as well, looking for evidence of gingivitis or periodontal disease. These can lead to tooth loss and bone deterioration, so they are certainly not to be ignored.

To put it plainly: a dental hygienist has more tools at their disposal to clean your mouth. Adequate cleaning requires precision instruments, and we can neither see nor reach many places in our mouth on our own. And time gets tough once school starts, so schedule today!

Ultrasound Scaling

Food particles that stay on the teeth or in recesses of the gums becomes what is known as plaque. Over time, this buildup hardens into tartar, and this cannot simply be brushed off. It must be scraped off the teeth, and this can only be done in a dentist’s office. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove this material; we also use a fluoride rinse, which is only available in a clinical setting.

Why Wait?

We often put off cleanings and examinations because, frankly, they’re not fun. But the safety of our mouth is much more important. And with dentistry, it is always better to tackle problems sooner rather than later.

And we understand that time is precious these days. It seems that there just are not as many hours in the day as there used to be. But that is why it is very important to develop a schedule for dental visits, and to maintain this schedule as much as possible.

If you have children, then the start of the new school year is the defining moment of the year. It is a time for new backpacks and other school supplies, and by starting a new grade, children have a sense of evolution. This makes it a perfect time to see your dentist, and you might as well have your own teeth examined at the same time as the kids.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Beat the back-to-school rush and pencil yourself in today! Please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!