Your daily at-home oral hygiene routine is necessary to help prevent problems such as tooth decay and bad breath. However, alone it is insufficient to prevent all potential problems. Plaque, gum disease, and other oral hygiene issues can occur even with the most rigorous at-home routine. Only a visit to Glendale cosmetic dentist, Dr. Donald Wilcox, for regular dental checkups can ensure your teeth and mouth stay healthy for years to come. Preventative Dentistry One of the key components of preventative dentistry is professional dental cleanings and examinations. During your biannual visits to our office, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, removing all plaque and tartar buildup, and Dr. Wilcox will examine your teeth and gums for early indications of distress or disease. When detected early, these problems can be dealt with quickly before they cause larger issues. Left untreated, even minor dental issues can lead to discomfort, tooth extraction, and even systemic issues such as heart disease. Regular teeth cleanings are an essential part of your healthcare routine. Taking time to come to our office every 6 months for a general dentistry appointment is one of the best ways to prevent unnecessary problems and keep your smile naturally bright and beautiful. If you live in or around Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, or Glendale, Arizona, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry to schedule your biannualteeth cleaning and examination with Dr. Wilcox today.