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It’s Not JUST a Cleaning - It’s About Prevention
It’s Not JUST a Cleaning - It’s About Prevention

You may think that when you schedule your semi-annual cleanings with us that you should simply expect a brief inspection, a quick brushing and flossing, and maybe some X-rays. However, if you’ve never been to see the El Portal Dental team, then you might just be missing out on some really important preventive measures. Most dental insurance fully covers a cleaning and check-up every 6 months, so get the most out of of your benefits and maintain a healthy smile!

We don’t just stop with your typical cleaning and X-rays, though – we go the full mile to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. It’s important to know how to properly take care of your teeth and gums, and the best advice always comes directly from your dentist. During your appointment, we’ll also take the time to educate you on how to take care of these essential assets for years to come, as well as answer any questions and address any concerns you might have. 

Our dental team is made up of a great group of experienced, educated and passionate individuals who will gladly provide a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth, removing all of the nasty built-up plaque your mouth has been harboring over the last six months. This thorough cleaning also offers the team an opportunity to really get a close-up look at all the nooks and crannies, inspecting your mouth for any signs of disease or decay.

While you’re here, Dr. Nguyen or one of our other compassionate dentists will follow-up with you, after your cleaning with one of our experienced hygienists. They will review the hygienist’s report and also inspect for any abnormalities.

Your dentist will then screen for any issue big or small, from potential cavities to signs of oral cancer.  Semi-annual screenings with the dentists can prevent some really big problems later on which may require fillings, crowns, or even root canal treatment.

Your health is important to us, so it’s important that we have plenty of time dedicated to your care and dental maintenance. That’s why when you book your cleaning appointment, we ask that you prepare to be available for at least a one-hour block. This way, you receive more than just a cleaning. You get a thorough check-up by both a dental hygienist and a dentist.

Our goal during your cleaning is to catch and correct oral issues early on so that they don’t turn into something ugly, dangerous, and potentially costly. Are you ready to schedule your next cleaning and screening? For more information, or to schedule by phone, call (209) 385-1479 today.

Why Do I Have to See a Dentist Every Six Months?
Why Do I Have to See a Dentist Every Six Months?

Why are regular dental appointments so important? Seeing your dentist twice a year is the best way to safeguard against serious oral health issues that could have a lasting negative impact on your overall well-being and quality of life.

Here are some of the most important reasons to make – and keep –  those twice-yearly dentist visits:

  • Screening. One of the most important things the dentist does during a visit is to check for signs of oral health issues that are undetectable on your own until it’s too late. The dentist will review your X-rays and also do a visual exam to check for signs of oral cancer, cysts, abscesses, jaw bone deterioration, and cavities.
  • Cleaning. Often, brushing and flossing between dental appointments is not enough to keep plaque and tartar buildup at bay. The dental hygienist will provide deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that can cause problems later if not eliminated.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations. If there is excessive buildup of plaque or tartar, or signs of gingivitis such as bleeding gums, the oral hygienist will be able to make recommendations on improving oral hygiene. They can show you how to brush and floss properly in order to maximize dental hygiene between visits.
  • Prevention. In the dental field, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Seeing the dentist every six months will help ensure that any problems that may occur are caught early on and treated before they get really serious.
  • Meaningful for overall health. Dental disease is linked with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, diabetic complications, and even dementia. If your teeth are not properly cared for, the bacteria in your mouth may enter the bloodstream through the gums and circulate around your body, settling in different places and organs, and causing all kinds of health issues.
  • Avoid painful, unnecessary procedures. By the time dental issues get to be serious, the treatments can be very painful. By catching problems early on before they progress to be very serious, a lot of pain can be avoided.
  • Upkeep of previous work. If you’ve had previous procedures like root canals, or have implants or dentures, regular visits to the dentist are very important to ensure that the previous work is being kept up properly.
  • Braces. Regular visits will allow your dentist to observe any severe misalignment or overbite that needs to be corrected and can refer to an orthodontist. Braces are meaningful for producing a beautiful, straight smile, but they are even more important for correcting potential sources of jaw and head pain.

Dr. Regalado has been practicing dentistry in California for over 10 years, and she has helped many patients experience healthier smiles through regular exams.

Call El Portal Dental Group today at (209) 385-1479 for an appointment with Dr. Regalado, whose expertise will help guarantee you have the best oral health possible.

Back to School: The Importance of an Oral Checkup
Back to School: The Importance of an Oral Checkup

It’s the time of year that children either love or absolutely dread - back to school time. If you are a parent, you probably feel a little bit emotional in August. It’s exciting, yet it can be a very sad time too. There seems to be an overwhelming number of items to check off the list before the first day of class, and an appointment with the dentist may be one of them. So, why does your child need a dental checkup before school starts?

Studies have found that untreated cavities can cause behavior problems due to pain and other issues within the cavity itself. This can lead to struggles in class when it comes to learning and focus. Considering about 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities, that’s a whole lot of kids that may suffer unnecessarily in the classroom.

Another great reason is to get custom-fitted protective mouth guards for children who will play fall sports including football. Up to 39 percent of dental injuries occur during sports and other physical activity, but proper gear can protect your child from tooth and gum damage, or from jaw dysfunction due to an injury.

Tooth decay surpasses asthma and allergies as the most common childhood disease, yet surprisingly up to 23 percent of kids between 2 and 11 have never been to a dentist. Teaching children good dental hygiene at a young age is the best way to ensure that this does not occur. It is important not only for your child’s oral health, but also for their academic progress, that they get a back-to-school dental checkup.

For every 100 students, there is approximately 117 hours of school missed per year due to dental problems. If your child goes back to school with a happy, healthy mouth, they may be more likely to succeed in the classroom. 

Dr. Khang Nguyen offers checkups and preventive dental care in our Merced office for school-age children. Our pediatric patients relax around his warm smile and friendly demeanor.

Whether your child needs a dental exam for school entry this August or needs a routine cleaning soon, Dr. Nguyen would love to provide the dental care needed for a healthier school year. Request an appointment with Dr. Nguyen online or call our Merced office at (209) 385-1479 today.