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If you are questioning why your dentist tells you to come back every six months even if your smile is in good health, our team is here to put your curiosity at rest by offering three ways regular dental checkups benefit oral health.

1. Dental cleanings: The dental cleaning performed by our team is very important for your smile because we remove any plaque or tartar from the surface of your teeth and under the gum line. This prevents harmful particles from weakening the tooth enamel and causing gum inflammation. If your smile doesn’t receive a thorough cleaning regularly, you can experience tooth decay and gum disease, which will result in a painful and unattractive smile.

2. Dental exam: Our dentist will thoroughly examine your oral cavity, including taking dental X-rays, to check for signs of a dental problem developing on or below your teeth. If a problem is diagnosed, we can start the treatment right away.

3. Fluoride treatment: At the end of your dental checkup, we may recommend fluoride treatment to provide your teeth with an additional protective coating that can come in the form of a varnish,  gel, or foam. Fluoride fortifies the tooth enamel against bacteria and harmful particles and only takes a few minutes to apply.

Your regular dental cleanings and exams are very important to the health of your smile, and we encourage you to continue visiting Dr. Novan Nguyen and Dr. Sally Chu regularly. If you have questions about your dental checkups or would like to schedule your next dental checkup in Stockton, California, contact Smile 32 at 209-952-9290 today.