While important, dental check-ups at Orange And Magnolia Dental Studio in Costa Mesa, California, are about more than keeping your teeth healthy. Regular exams by our dentist, Dr. Joyce Kahng, and cleanings by our skilled dental hygienists support your overall well-being.
Dental check-ups are scheduled at least once every six months or twice annually. Check-ups generally start with our hygienists using their special tools and training to clean the teeth and gumline. These professional cleanings, just one part of the dental check-up, are beneficial in many ways. They:
During this visit, Dr. Kahng will also examine your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues and structures. She uses advanced diagnostic tools to detect what the human eye cannot see and aid in confirming a diagnosis. Often, early gum disease and tooth decay are not symptomatic. Patients think their teeth and gums are healthy. Yet, Dr. Kahng may detect early enamel erosion or gum inflammation. She can then recommend prompt intervention to resolve conditions before irreparable damage. Remember: The damage may have already been done by the time you have a toothache or notice that your gums are bleeding. So, regular appointments are a great practice to maintain the health and beauty of your smile.
Be prepared to also discuss any changes to your overall health, such as new medications you are taking, during your check-up. Medications and the diseases they treat can affect the health of your mouth. Likewise, conditions such as advanced gum disease can make it harder to manage systemic diseases like diabetes. Additionally, Dr. Kahng screens for oral cancers during these visits. The number of screenings scheduled each year depends on factors such as your age and if you smoke or use other products containing nicotine.