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Your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing in the evening is the first line of defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for maintaining good oral health in the long term. To maintain the health of your mouth, the American Dental Association recommends that you attend a routine dental checkup and cleaning every six months.

Here at Open Door Family Dentistry, our dental checkups are designed to help maintain good oral health throughout the year.

The appointment starts with one of our hygienists performing a thorough cleaning to remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth and along the gumline. This is followed up by a dental polishing procedure to remove minor surface stains. If your teeth suffer from more significant staining issues, you might want to ask about your dental whitening options.

During the dental cleaning, your hygienist will keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Dr. Don Schiess will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. If there are any problems with cavities or periodontal disease, he will discuss your treatment options. This might also include administering a simple fluoride treatment or prescribing fluoride supplements.

Should your dentist notice any hard-to-clean areas on the biting surfaces of your back teeth, he might suggest applying protective dental sealants.

Your dentist will then conduct a basic oral cancer screening. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek, and throat to detect any early signs or symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you are due for your next dental checkup in Medford, Oregon, you should call 541-773-4073 to schedule an appointment at Open Door Family Dentistry.