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Your smile is an important part of who you are and how you present yourself to the world around you. You want to keep it healthy and vibrant, and that means taking care of your teeth and gums to ensure the best oral health. Your daily attention, through brushing and flossing makes or breaks your smile. We recommend brushing your teeth twice each day, for at least two minutes to remove bacterial plaque. Flossing at least once a day removes trapped food particles and plaque between the teeth and along the gumline that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

These two vital practices will ensure that a healthy smile is well on its way. But there are things you can’t take care of at home, which your dentist can provide. Professional dental cleanings performed every six months take your smile to the next level. Dental cleanings remove hardened plaque—known as tartar, with specials tools designed to do the job, and polish your pearly whites afterwards. These are just two of the things a dental visit entails. Following is a sampling of what dental visits provide for you:

— We check for any signs of tooth decay, chips or cracks and make sure there are no loose teeth.

— We make sure your fillings are in top shape and check on any dental appliances you typically wear.

— We examine oral tissue and check the tongue for abnormalities.

— We look for signs of gum disease such as gum recession.

— We take X-rays where necessary.

— We make sure the bite is what it should be.

All of these are important preventative measures we take to spot dental issues early to treat them easily and most affordably. Both prevention and maintenance in the home and in the dental office work together to keep your smile running smoothly. We invite you to schedule a visit with Dr. Greg L. Wolfe by calling our dental team in Ventura, California at 805-654-1174 and let us brighten your smile!