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It is certainly true that your first line of defense against oral health problems starts with a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen. This includes brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as performing a thorough flossing effort at least once each day. At the same time, the American Dental Association further advises you to have a routine dental exam and cleaning performed by a professionally trained dentist every six months.

This important appointment will not only clean away bacteria deposits and polish your teeth, it is also designed to detect any oral health problems. If Dr. Anthony Shaia’s examination reveals signs of cavities or periodontal disease, he will help you understand your potential treatment options.

If necessary he might also recommend a preventive procedure such as a fluoride treatment or the application of dental sealants. The dental checkup then concludes with him performing a basic screening for early signs of oral cancer.

A referral to an oncologist or other specialists might be needed if Dr. Shaia finds any early signs of oral cancer. Diagnosing and treating these oral health problems early is essential for improving treatment success rates.

If you live in the Parma Heights, Ohio, area and you need a dental exam and cleaning, you should call 440-884-9898 to set up an appointment with at Shaia Dental Care.