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The long-term health of your mouth has a direct influence on the overall quality of your life. Needless oral health problems can cause discomfort and could even be costly to treat. To help minimize your chances of suffering an oral health malady, the American Dental Association advocates having a routine dental exam and cleaning every six months.

At Simpson Dental Associates, each dental exam starts with a thorough dental cleaning with one of our highly skilled dental hygienists. They will use professional tools and techniques to remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth and polish away minor surface stains. Throughout the cleaning, your hygienist will keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Your dentist will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. If he finds any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, he will discuss your treatment options. This might include administering a simple fluoride treatment. If you have any oral hygiene questions or concerns, this is also a good time to ask them.

The exam concludes with a basic screening for oral or pharyngeal cancer. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek, and throat to look for any overt signs of these conditions.

If you live in the Charleston, West Virginia, area and you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call 304-342-6162 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning at Simpson Dental Associates.