What is the importance of regular dental visits for oral health, and how can you compare it to car maintenance?

If you own a car, you know what you have to do to make sure it runs smoothly and trouble-free. You need oil changes, regular maintenance, and check-ups at specific mileage intervals. You need to check the brakes, the tires, transmission, etc. Similarly, for your oral health, you need regular dental visits to make sure that your gums are healthy, and you don't have gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease), or a more advanced gum disease such as periodontitis.

What kind of dental issues can be detected during these visits?

During dental visits, various issues can be detected, such as small cavities between the teeth that may not be causing any pain or sensitivity. You could also have bigger cavities that cause sensitivity to hot and cold or pain while eating, meaning you may need a root canal, or a crown, which can be more expensive. On top of gum disease and cavities, we also check for oral cavities in the mouth, which helps detect any diseases at an early stage, ensuring you stay healthy.

Can you summarize the importance of dental exams and cleanings?

Dental exams and cleanings are just like oil changes and like regular maintenance for your car, you are ensuring that it runs smoothly and remains trouble-free.

What would you recommend for someone who hasn't been to a dentist in over a year?

Dr. Howard Nguyen: If you haven't seen a dentist for a while, let's say more than a year, I recommend you pick up the phone and call any dental office, or you can call my office at 209-478-6466 to schedule an appointment.