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The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning and checkup. This basic appointment is one of the most important tools for maintaining your oral health.

During the first part of your appointment a hygienist will clean your teeth. They will use several different tools to help remove plaque and tartar that has built up since your last cleaning. Tartar can be very hard for you to remove at home and left unchecked can lead to serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

After the initial cleaning, your hygienist will also look for any possible signs of tooth decay using a standard dental probe. They will then polish your teeth with a mild abrasive polish and a rotary tool to remove mild surface staining. If your teeth have deep stains you might want to ask about your tooth whitening options.

The dentist will then check your teeth and gums for any signs of decay or gum disease. This might include X-rays to assess other factors including bone health. The dentist will then perform a basic oral cancer screening, checking your tongue, throat, face, head and neck looking for any signs of infection, swelling or cancer. This is also a good opportunity for you ask questions about your oral hygiene regimen or treatment options, should there be a problem.

If you are due for a regular dental visit or have any questions, please call our office at 805-654-1174 to schedule an appointment or speak with our friendly staff!