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The American Dental Association offers a series of recommendations and guidelines to help you maintain good oral health. This starts with brushing twice and flossing once each day as part of an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine. They also recommend having a dental checkup and cleaning performed every six months.

The first phase of a dental checkup at Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS involves a dental hygienist cleaning your teeth and polishing away any surface stains. Dr. Gemma Dalton will then examine your teeth and gums for any signs of cavities or periodontal disease. If she notice any areas of concern, Dr. Dalton will explain the necessary treatment method.

The checkup concludes with a basic screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Early detection of these serious oral health conditions will significantly improve your chances of treatment success.

Increased risk factors such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol intake, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. A family history of oral and pharyngeal can also be a significant factor for early onset. Be sure to let the doctor know about any increased risk factors you have for oral cancer.

If she notices an area of concern, Dr. Dalton will likely refer you to a specialist who can help diagnose the problem and recommend a course of treatment.

If you live in the Bedford, Texas, area and you have concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 817-571-1667 to schedule a checkup and screening at Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS.