Sixty years ago, few people saw their dentist regularly. A trip to the dental chair happened only after trauma occurred, or when a toothache became unbearable. Today, we understand the benefits of regular dental checkups to appearance, oral health, and whole-body wellness. Dr. Don Mungcal discusses the best dental care
schedule for patients of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, California
The bi-annual standard
The ideal schedule for dental visits depends a great deal on your personal oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, and health conditions. For most reasonably healthy people who brush and floss regularly, a cleaning and examination twice a year is adequate. It is not advisable to go longer than six months, as stains may build up, and harmful oral bacteria counts increase. By catching gum disease and tooth decay early, it can be treated with the least discomfort and expense
, and the best outcome. Dr. Mungcal also screens for oral cancers for early detection and the best prognosis.
When more frequent recall appointments are needed
For patients who are at high risk of dental disease, Dr. Mungcal suggests visits every four months, three months, or even more frequently in extreme cases.
This higher risk group includes:
- Patients managing existing gum disease
- Pregnant women
- Patients with diabetes
- Those with a natural tendency to develop cavities or build-up of plaque
- Anyone with a weakened immune system and low resistance to bacterial infection (such as chemotherapy patients)
- Patients who grind or clench
A temporary increase in recall appointments during a time of illness or stress may help you prevent a serious or permanent oral problem
The hygienists at Downtown Dental provides a thorough cleaning that removes bacterial plaque in hard-to-reach spots. Teeth are polished and flossed. The dentist performs an assessment of teeth and soft tissues and may order X-rays. You leave the office with fresh breath and peace of mind
New patients are welcome at Downtown Dental. Call (213) 863-9464.