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An effective oral hygiene routine typically starts with brushing each morning and night as well as flossing at least once each day. With consistency, these measures will help reduce your chances of suffering from gum disease and tooth decay. It’s also a good idea to have a routine dental exam and cleaning performed by a dentist, every six months.

Each of these easy appointments will not only clean away hardened tartar, bacterial deposits and minor dental stains it will also help to catch any developing oral health problems. This might also call for some simple X-rays or other diagnostics.

If Dr. Dean Calpas finds any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other oral health problems she will help you understand your treatment options. In some of these cases she might also recommend applying a preventive treatment.

Each dental exam also includes a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. A referral to an oncologist or other specialist might be needed if finds any early signs of oral cancer are found. Early diagnosis is essential for improving treatment success rates with these types of cancer.

If you live in the Big Lake, Minnesota, area and you need a dental exam and cleaning, you should call 763-263-7100 to set up an appointment with at Monticello Dental Center.