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Oral health problems can cause discomfort, lead to tooth loss, medical complications and even the possible loss of life. To help prevent these issues the American Dental Association puts forth several recommendations and guidelines.

This starts with remembering brush your teeth each morning and night, as well as flossing once each day to remove bacterial deposits from your teeth and gumline. This can significantly reduce your chances of suffering cavities, and gum disease. The ADA also notes that it is very important to have a routine dental check-up performed by one of our dentists twice each year.

The dental checkup has several different facets. The first phase involves a dental hygienist performing a dental cleaning treatment. They will use special tools and professional techniques to remove plaque buildup and hardened tartar from your teeth as well as your gumline. This portion of the appointment also includes a dental polishing treatment to remove minor surface stains from your teeth.

Our dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures for early signs of a problem. If we find any signs any signs of a problem, we will present you an applicable treatment plan.

At the end of the dental checkup we will perform an oral cancer screening. This involves inspecting your mouth, neck, and tongue for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the , Washington, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 1-800-823-0830 to schedule a dental checkup at Washington Dental Group.