A Dental Checkup Is an Essential Part of Cavity and Gum Disease Prevention

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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth each morning and night, and floss at least once each day. They also advocate having a routine dental checkup performed by a dentist like Dr. Richard Healy twice each year.

These two factors are essential for the prevention of cavities and gum disease, as well as the early detection of oral health problems.

The dental checkups at Dr. Richard Healy’s dental offices are designed to clean your teeth and catch oral health conditions early. This starts with a professionally trained dental cleaning your teeth to remove any traces of hardened tartar. This will be followed by a simple polishing treatment to help remove minor dental stains.

Once the dental cleaning has been completed our dentist will examine your teeth, gums and other oral tissues. If he finds any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, he will help you understand your treatment options. This might also include preventative care such as a fluoride treatment or applying dental sealants.

At the end of the dental checkup, Dr. Richard Healy will perform a basic screening to catch any initial signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Should he find an area of concern with your tongue, cheek, neck, throat, or other soft oral tissues he will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Santa Maria, California, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 805-928-3928 to schedule a dental checkup at Richard Healy DDS’s dental office.