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A consistent oral hygiene routine is often an effective first line of prevention against gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health problems. It consists of remembering to always brush your teeth each morning and evening as well as flossing at least once per day.

Maintaining a healthy mouth also require a routine dental checkup from a dentist like Dr. Mike Choe every six months. Each of these appointments starts with one of our dental hygienists cleaning and polishing your teeth to remove any traces of tartar and minor dental stains.

Once this is done the dentist will examine your mouth for any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health conditions. If you have noticed something abnormal in your mouth, be sure to let him know about it.

If our dentist finds an area of concern he will help you understand your treatment options, which might include applying a preventive measure.

At the end of the dental checkup he will perform a screening for any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Detecting these problems early will go long way toward improving your treatment success rates. If he finds an area of concern, our dentist might refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis.

If you live in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area and you have an oral health concern you should call 910-864-2944 to schedule a dental checkup at Westlake Family Dentistry.