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Maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout your life starts with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as thoroughly flossing at least once per day will help remove bacterial deposits from your mouth before they can contribute to problems with tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Having dental checkup twice a year is also an essential component of maintaining a healthy mouth. The appointment has multiple phases. It starts with a dental hygienist cleaning your teeth to remove any traces of tartar and polish away minor surface stains.

Your mouth will also be examined for any developing oral health conditions, which includes a basic screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer. If you have noticed a problem with your teeth or gums, you should let them know about it.

It’s important to keep in mind that something as seemingly minor as gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, could potentially be a symptom of periodontal disease.

Without professional intervention, the minor periodontal inflammation of gingivitis can gradually worsen into the more severe form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. Without professional diagnosis and treatment this severe periodontal infection could lead to multiple cases of tooth loss.

If you live in the Palm Desert, California, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 760-674-4410 to schedule a dental checkup at Periodontics of the Desert. Our periodontists, Dr. Warshawsky and Dr. Driver are here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!