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If you break or lose a tooth, chances are good that a phone call to the dentist will be in your immediate future. But seeing the dentist should not be reserved for toothaches or other dental emergencies. In fact, regular visits to your dentist can keep your teeth and mouth healthy, and may actually help prevent some dental catastrophes.

You should visit your dentist at least every six months for your routine appointments. During those appointments, your dentist will clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and check your mouth for problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, dental erosion, and oral cancer. Depending on the health of your mouth, your dentist may want to see you on a more frequent basis. If you are diagnosed with a disease or a medical condition, or if you are given a new prescription or your prescription changes, you should let your dentist know. Because diabetes and gum disease are so closely related, you should let your dentist know if your condition changes. If you are pregnant, your dentist may want to see you for a cleaning and exam before the baby comes. Any time that you notice a change in the color, texture, taste, or odor of your teeth or any part of your mouth, your dentist should be alerted. If you have pain of any kind in your mouth or teeth, you should plan a visit to the dentist’s office.

If you live in the Tulare, California area, and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. James C. Ma at James C. Ma DDS, you can call 559-688-4111 today. Let’s get you a bright and healthy smile!