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Visiting your dentist is an important part of your health care regimen. The health of your mouth has a direct impact on your overall health, and your dentist may be the first person to spot problems in your mouth; and may be the one who spots the indicators of other health issues in your body. So how often should you see your dentist?

Naturally, you will make a call to your dentist if you break or crack a tooth, develop a toothache, or have another serious problem with your mouth and teeth. But you should not wait until you have an emergency to see your dentist. You should see your dentist at least every six months for your routine cleaning and checkup. This will give your dentist an opportunity to clean your teeth, and to examine you for cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. In doing so, he can treat small problems before they become big (and expensive) ones. Depending on the health of your mouth and teeth, your dentist may want to see you on a more frequent basis.

If you have become pregnant, think you might be, or are planning to have a baby, you should call your dentist and schedule a visit. There are certain dental issues that affect women during pregnancy, and if you have a problem that needs to be addressed, your dentist can fix those problems before the baby comes. If you are already pregnant, the best time to see your dentist is during your second trimester. You should contact your dentist’s office if you have been diagnosed with a disease or medical condition, if you start a new prescription or your prescription changes. More importantly, if you experience pain or sensitivity, or if you notice a change in the color, or texture of a part of your mouth or teeth you should make an appointment with your dentist. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or you notice an odor or taste in your mouth, you should call the dentist’s office.

If it is time for your regular cleaning and examination, our dentist, Dr. Neal Vavra will be happy to see you. To make an appointment in Fontana, California, call 909-829-3994 today.