The American Dental Association offers a variety of insightful guidelines to help maintain long-term, good oral health. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each evening helps clean away residual food particles and plaque before they can harden into bacterial-rich tartar. Your twice-annual dental checkup at My Downey Dental is also critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. It is designed to address the multiple facets involved in maintaining a healthy mouth in the long term.
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. Your dentist, Dr. Behzad Abadi, 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 include administering a simple fluoride treatment.
At the end of your dental checkup, Dr. Behzad Abadi will 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.