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Are You Due at the Dentist?

by Nicole Dorsey Straff

People dislike dentist visits for many reasons, but regular check-ups are the best way to save money on your teeth. And save your teeth. Routine checkups give doctors the opportunity to make early diagnoses. Exams should be done twice a year, and I don’t know anyone who likes it, but don’t put it off for too long.

If a cavity is developing or other oral issues arise, your dentist can identify problem areas, which—in the long run—is less costly than waiting for a complex procedure to solve the issue.

Why should you go to the dentist this month? Dr. Jyoti Srivastava and Dr. Robert Castracane from EastSide Dental Medicine are a husband and wife team who specialize in integrating the perfect balance of health and beauty for your mouth; check out these EastSide tips:

1. Check your gums and tongue for cancer spots. EastSide Dental has found cancer with two patients that could only be picked up with their advanced mouth X-Rays. Each patient at this clinic in California is given nutritional counseling to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

2. Test the whiteness of your teeth. Fluoridation has reduced tooth decay in the United States by 50 to 60 percent since World War II. Fluoride, a natural element, works by helping make the crystals that form tooth enamel more durable and “remineralizes” your teeth so they are more resistant to acid and decay.

3. Find an expert. If you have dental fear, you don’t have to put off dental work anymore to incur larger bills because you waited too long. Dr. Castracane is licensed in Sedation and he says many treatments can be done much more comfortably when you are out for the count. The American Dental Association has much information on what kind of mouth specialist you may need.

When is the last time you got a thorough teeth cleansing? I just did and my teeth still hurt.

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