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Brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to floss at least once per day plays a critical role in removing bacterial deposits from your mouth. This helps to prevent early problems with cavities and gum disease as well as staving off bad breath.

The American Dental Association notes that you should have a dental checkup performed twice each year by our dentist, Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman. This is an essential step in preventing, detecting and treating oral health problems.

The appointment typically starts with a thorough dental cleaning performed by a professionally trained dental hygienist. This phase of the dental checkup is intended remove plaque and hardened tartar from your teeth, while also polishing the surfaces of your teeth to address minor dental stains.

Our dentist will then perform a thorough dental exam to detect any early signs of an oral health problem. If she finds any early signs of cavities or gum disease, she will present you with the best treatment plan for you. If something is in the early stages, our dentist might suggest a preventive treatment. This could include applying dental sealants to your back teeth or administering a fluoride treatment. These measures can be performed following the dental checkup, or at a second appointment. The dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening. This involves a basic examination of your neck, tongue, throat, and other oral structures for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in Minden, Nevada, region and you have an oral health concern, you should call 775-782-2799 to schedule a dental checkup at Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC.