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Brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day is and essentially activity for removing food particles and plaque from your mouth. However, it is only the first step in an effective oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association also strongly recommends seeing your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and checkup.

The initial cleaning procedure will remove tartar and polish surface stains, while also inspecting your mouth for signs of tooth decay, and gum disease. If you have an area of concern you should let your dentist or hygienist know right away so they can take a closer look.

Keep in mind that the polishing procedure can only mitigate minor surface stains on your teeth. If you have moderate to deeply stained teeth, you should ask about your tooth whitening options.

Once your teeth have been cleaned and polished the dentist will inspect your mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. If they find any problem areas, or cavities they will discuss your repair and treatment options.

At the end of the checkup they will check your tongue, throat, face, head and neck as part of a basic cancer screening. Be sure to let the dentist know 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 973.635.9456 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!