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Why Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned Regularly?

Dental exams and teeth cleanings are part of maintaining good oral health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn't just a matter of brushing and flossing—although they are significant components of it. Many aspects of keeping your mouth clean are hard to achieve at home and require dentist assistance. No matter how diligent you might be about brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar still accumulate and can only be removed by your dentist. 

During routine dental appointments at our San Jose dental office, we will visually inspect your teeth and gums to check for cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. We also check your neck, face, and surrounding areas for any ...

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Deep Cleanings and Me

We’re all familiar with dental cleanings.  You go in to the dentist’s office and lay back in the dental chair while your teeth are cleaned and polished.  However, some of you may have been told that you need a “deep cleaning.”  What exactly is a deep cleaning, and how does it differ from a regular one?  How will you know which option is the best one for you?  Below, we will discuss everything you need to know about deep cleanings and how they are diagnosed.  But first, to understand the treatment, you must understand the main culprit: calculus.

 

The Biology of Calculus

 

Calculus (not to be confused with the dreaded math class) ...

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Why You Should Quit Smoking

The more we learn about health and how things affect our bodies, the clearer it becomes just how pervasive and dangerous tobacco use is. We've all heard about the cancer risks of smoking, but many patients are not aware of how tremendously bad it is for our oral health. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 40 million American adults smoke tobacco, and the effects it has on your oral health are staggering. 

Smoking and Gum Disease

Smoking tobacco affects your immune system and makes it harder to prevent or fight off gum disease. Once gum disease has taken root, smoking makes it harder for your body to heal. 

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