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To keep your mouth clean and healthy, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once each day, and see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and a checkup.

When you visit Dr. Laris Milligan in Wilmington, North Carolina, you will receive a thorough dental cleaning and an exam to check your overall oral health. During the exam, the dentist will look for signs of gum disease, oral cancer and other potential problems.

First, a dental hygienist will clean your teeth. The hygienist uses special tools and techniques to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth that your toothbrush missed. This may also include a dental polishing treatment to remove minor surface stains.

Once this is done, Dr. Milligan will perform a comprehensive dental exam. If he detects any cavities or periodontal health problems, he will discuss the treatment options available. If he feels it is warranted, the doctor might recommend a preventative measure such as a fluoride treatment or dental sealants. Many dentists also perform a basic oral cancer screening. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek, and throat to look for early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. If you’ve experienced any discomfort in these areas, be sure to let Dr. Milligan know about them.

If you live in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area and you are due for a dental checkup, you should call 910-799-5000 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Milligan’s Family Dental Care.