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The American Dental Association offers several recommendations for maintaining good, long-term oral health. This starts by brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once each evening. Maintaining a healthy mouth also includes visiting your dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, twice a year for a routine dental checkup in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The checkup starts with a thorough dental cleaning performed by one of our dental hygienists. This will clean away any hardened tartar from your teeth. Through the course of the cleaning, they will also keep an eye out for overt signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The dental cleaning concludes with a polishing treatment to remove minor surface stains from the tooth enamel.

Your dentist will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. Should there be any areas of tooth decay or periodontal disease that need attention, she will help you understand your treatment options.

At the end of the appointment, your dentist will perform a basic oral cancer screening. This is a cursory examination of your mouth, neck, tongue, and throat to detect any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If your dentist is concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, she might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This will help restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel to help prevent future cavities and sensitivity.

If you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call 301-589-2714 to schedule an appointment at Faith Cousins DDS.