Throughout the day, your teeth collect plaque, and oral bacteria build up in your mouth. While both of these things are naturally occurring, excess amounts can be harmful to your oral health. Taking care of your mouth at home with brushing and flossing is critical for keeping plaque and bacteria at bay.
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A dental exam is a thorough inspection of the interior of your mouth. Your dental exams are usually done at the same time as your dental cleanings and should be done at least twice a year. Your teeth are checked for signs of decay and damage, and your gums are checked for signs of infection.
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Digital X-rays are a technological improvement over traditional X-rays. Where traditional X-rays rely on radiation to capture images, digital X-rays use electronic technology. The use of digital X-rays reduces your radiation exposure up to 95%.
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Dental cleanings are an essential part of your oral healthcare routine. We recommend that you have at least two professional cleanings each year. Cleanings are designed to remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque), bacteria and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth. We also get the areas of your mouth that you may not be able to reach at home.
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Dentistry for Kids
Your child should have professional dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year, just like you. During your child’s cleaning, we scrape plaque, tartar (hardened plaque), bacteria and other debris from the surfaces of their teeth. We also get between the teeth and around the gum line.
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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a broad term. It covers cancer that occurs anywhere in your mouth – your lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, the floor of the mouth, or the entrance of your throat. Approximately 40,000 Americans are affected by this disease every year. Of those 40,000, about half survive longer than five years.
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