Spring is the perfect time to get your first dental cleaning of the year in San Pedro, CA! Getting your teeth checked twice a year is important for maintaining your oral health, preventing any tooth decay or gum disease, and to inspect your mouth for signs of any more serious problems. Arriving to your dental cleaning prepared is an excellent way to take control of your oral health.

Ready for your first dental exam of the year? Call Shook Dental Care today at 310-982-6333 to request an appointment in San Pedro, CA. We can’t wait to see your smile!

Why Twice a Year? 

Your mouth is a crucial part of your body! It helps with digestion and gives your face its shape. If you’re on top of your oral hygiene and have never had any dental problems, that’s great! It is still recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year to maintain your routine and to look for any underlying problems. Consistent checkups are a part of excellent oral hygiene.

Brush, Floss, Go 

Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to maintain your oral hygiene. Aim to brush for two minutes in the morning and another two minutes before you go to bed. You should also be flossing once a day. Doing these steps on a regular basis will help your teeth remain healthy and clean. 

If you’re worried your current oral care routine isn’t working well enough, you can add an ADA-approved mouthwash or switch to a different toothpaste. Be sure to bring it up at your appointment, too! We may be able to help with personalized recommendations.


We recommend doing a few simple things before your appointment to prepare. This will ensure your teeth are clean and your visit will go smoothly. 

  • Pre-Clean Your Teeth – Before visiting the dentist, set yourself up for success. Brush and floss your teeth prior to your appointment. This will eliminate build-up before we start cleaning. If possible, avoid eating between doing your pre-cleaning routine and coming in for your visit.
  • Wait to Whiten – It’s a good idea to avoid any at-home teeth whitening options. They can leave your teeth prone to sensitivity or pain, especially if it’s before your scheduled cleaning. If you want brighter, whiter teeth, ask us about our teeth whitening options at your appointment! 
  • Update Records – Try to arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early to fill out, adjust, or update any of your records. If you’ve had any new procedures or surgeries since the last time we saw you, it’s important to inform them 
  • Any Questions? – If you’re curious about anything we’ll be doing or you want the inside scoop on a service we offer, please bring questions in with you for your visit! Our caring staff will be happy to answer them. 

Is it time for your first cleaning of the year? Call Shook Dental Care today at 310-982-6333 or fill out our online form to request an appointment in San Pedro, CA.