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Dental Checkups in West Monroe

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The American Dental Association recommends you see your family dentist at least twice each year for a dental checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. Dr. Scott will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes, old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives.

We consider an oral examination to include three major parts:

1. Soft tissue and oral cancer exam

2. Tooth-by tooth inspection

3. Comprehensive periodontal exam

By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer results in more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, they should attend regular checkups.