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Oral health conditions like gum disease, cavities and oral cancer are a serious concern. Not only can they cause discomfort, they can lead to increasing complications that could have a significant negative impact on your quality of life.

To help prevent and treat these problems, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth each morning with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated tooth paste. You should also thoroughly floss between your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day.

They also recommend having a routine dental checkup performed by a dentist, like Dr. James Stanford, every six months. This simple outpatient appointment is designed to detect any oral health problems for early treatment as well as reducing the risk of further complications.

Each checkup performed at Stanford Dental starts with cleaning your teeth to remove any traces of hardened tartar. This will be followed by a simple polishing treatment to remove minor surface stains from your tooth enamel.

At this point Dr. James Stanford will examine your mouth for any early signs of an oral health problem. If he finds any early signs of cavities or gum disease, he will help you understand the most effective treatment plan. This might also include preventive care such as performing a fluoride treatment or installing dental sealants to the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars.

Our dentist will also perform a basic screening for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. If he finds an area of concern with your mouth or other soft oral tissues, he may refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 636-256-3559 to schedule a dental checkup at Stanford Dental.