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Forgetting to brush your teeth every morning and night, or you are remiss to floss at least once each day, bacterial deposits can persist in your mouth. If this is allowed to continue on a chronic basis the presence of plaque acids and hardened tartar can increase your chances of suffering from cavities and developing gum disease.

Catching these problems, and other oral health conditions early are important for prevention and success of treatment. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association recommends that you have a routine dental checkup and cleaning performed by a dentist twice each year.

These appointments are designed to effectively remove tartar from your teeth, polishing away minor dental stains, and early diagnosis of latent oral health problems.

If your dental exam with Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui reveals a problem, she will help you understand your possible treatment or further prevention options.

Should your tooth enamel shows signs of demineralization, Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can be done in a few short minutes by having Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into special trays. They will need to be held in your mouth, along with a small suction wand, or a few minutes.

If possible, you should try to avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your teeth.

If you live in the Pinole, California, area, and you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call 510-724-7474 to schedule an appointment at the dental offices of Tara Hills Dental.