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Here at Great Grins, a routine dental checkup is designed to address the multiple factors that go into maintaining long-term good oral health. In fact, the American Dental Association advocates having a dental checkup and cleaning twice each year.

The appointment starts with your hygienist performing a thorough cleaning by removing all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth and along the gumline. This is followed by a dental polishing treatment to remove minor surface stains. If your teeth suffer from more significant staining issues, you might want to ask about your teeth-whitening options.

Throughout the cleaning, your hygienist will keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist, Dr. Susan A. Vanstone, will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. If there are any problems with cavities or periodontal disease, she will discuss your treatment options. This might include administering a simple fluoride treatment.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. Susan A. Vanstone will conduct a basic oral cancer screening. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek and throat to look for any overt signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you are overdue for your next dental checkup in Richmond, Kentucky, please call us at 859-626-9339 to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to help you maintain your confident smile!