Brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each night is just one aspect of maintaining good oral health. To maintain the health of your mouth, the American Dental Association strongly recommends that you attend a routine dental checkup and cleaning appointment every six months.
The dental checkups performed by your dentist, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood, will address the multiple facets involved in maintaining long-term good oral health.
The appointment starts with one of our highly trained and friendly hygienists performing a thorough dental cleaning. They will use professional tools and techniques to remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth, and they will polish away minor surface stains. Throughout the cleaning, your hygienist will keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
Your dentist will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. If there are any tooth decay or gum disease issues, he will discuss your treatment options. This might also include administering a simple fluoride treatment. If you have any oral hygiene questions or concerns, this is a good time to ask them.
At the end of the appointment, 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 are due for your next dental checkup in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, you should call 505-219-0594 to schedule an appointment at Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa.