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Gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancers all pose a serious threat to the health of your mouth and your overall quality of life. While your daily oral hygiene routine is essential for reducing your chances of suffering one of these problems, it is just one piece of the puzzle.

To further reduce your chances of suffering an oral health problem, the American Dental Association recommends having a regular dental checkup and cleaning administered twice each year. Here at Smile Image Dentists’s dental offices in Houston, Texas each of these appointments is designed to address all of the aspects that go into maintaining oral health in the short- and long-term.

Each checkup starts with one of our dental hygienists performing a thorough dental cleaning. They will use professional tools and techniques to remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth, before polishing away minor surface stains. Throughout the cleaning, the hygienist will keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay and signs of gum disease.

Your Smile Image Dentists dentist will then perform a thorough dental exam. Should they detect any tooth decay or gum disease issues, they will discuss the treatment options available. This might include preventative measures like administering a simple fluoride treatment or dental sealants to protect your back teeth from decay.

At the end of the dental exam, the dentist will perform a basic oral cancer screening. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek, and throat to look for early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the Houston, Texas area and you are due for your next dental checkup, call 281-759-1277 to schedule an appointment at the dental office Smile Image Dentists. Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen and her assistants will be happy to assist you with your oral care needs and giving you your best smile.