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Your regularly scheduled check-up is often referred to as a "cleaning", but there is much more to it than that! The technical term is oral prophylaxis, which means prevention of oral disease.

One way to prevent oral disease is to remove harmful plaque and tartar (calculus) both above and below the gum line. You and your child may also be given special instructions on brushing or flossing to keep clean the areas where we found significant buildup. That is the familiar "cleaning" part of their checkup.

It's easy to tell which tooth has been "cleaned" in this photo!
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Another way to prevent oral disease is by early detection and treatment. During your child's checkup they will be screened for many potential threats to their oral health, including:

In addition, some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, often present themselves first inside the mouth, so early detection extends beyond just oral disease.

The Dental Hygienist is your first-line of defense against oral disease. The hygienist is a highly trained professional who can evaluate your child's teeth and gums, both visually and with the assistance of x-rays and other modern technology, to discover threats to your oral or general health. Dr. Sexton will review the findings of the hygienist and advise you on any threats to your child's oral or general health.



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