Posted .

The mouth is a rather complex organ with many dynamic parts and a wide range of roles. Maintaining good oral health not only helps preserve these functions, but it also plays to your overall quality of life. Oral health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, oral or pharyngeal cancer can be troublesome and even expensive to treat.

To help prevent these oral health conditions, the American Dental Association advocates that you attend a routine dental checkup twice each year. Here at Chino Hills Family Dentistry, every dental checkup performed is designed to address all of the aspects that go into maintaining a good oral health in the long term.

The checkup appointment starts with one of our professional hygienists performing a thorough dental cleaning. This involves using 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 gum disease.

Dr. Alexander Santos will then perform a thorough dental exam. If there are any tooth decay or gum disease issues, he will discuss the treatment options available. This might also include administering a simple fluoride treatment or placing dental sealants to protect your back teeth from tooth decay.

At any time during the checkup, you should feel free to express any oral health questions or concerns you might have.

At the end of the dental exam, your 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 Chino Hills, California, area and you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call 909-342-7945 to schedule an appointment at Chino Hills Family Dentistry.