A truly effective oral hygiene routine starts by brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day to remove food particles and plaque before they can harden into tartar. While this helps maintain good oral health on a daily basis, the American Dental Association still recommends that you have a dental cleaning and checkup every six months.
The checkup begins with a basic cleaning procedure to remove tartar from your teeth and polish surface stains. This also involves the hygienist inspecting your mouth for signs of tooth decay, and gum disease. Make sure to let them know right away so they can take a closer look. If you have deeply stained teeth, you should ask about your tooth whitening options.
After the cleaning procedure is complete, your dentist will inspect your mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. If they find any cavities, signs of tooth decay or other issues they will discuss your treatment options.
The checkup concludes with an oral cancer screening where they examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck. Make sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This includes a family history of oral cancer or lifestyle habits like regular alcohol and tobacco use. Detecting oral cancer early is essential for fast and successful treatment.
If you are due for a regular dental visit, please call our office at 904.355.5531 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!