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More than a bonus feature, dental cleanings are an massive part of complete oral care. In getting your teeth cleaned and mouth examined, you are taking steps to prevent significant health problems, such as heart disease, gum disease, stroke, and oral cancer.

Oral health problems are typically preventable, however they are still very common and affect many patients. This is unfortunate, and at Riverfront Dental LLC, we want to help you be as healthy as possible.

Correct daily oral hygiene habits–brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day for two to three minutes–are important for sustaining your overall health. Foods you eat also have great impact on your oral and overall health. Making poor dietary choices can cause cavities, as well as affect such conditions as diabetes, stroke, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

In addition to your adhering to excellent home hygiene habits, it is important to visit the dentist every six months for dental cleanings and oral exams. These visits help identify problems early, while they are still fairly simple and economical to repair. During the visit, we remove any hardened plaque present on the teeth and gums, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease (also called gingivitis). We also check for signs of cavities, advanced gum disease, oral cancer and any other oral health issues that may be present.

To schedule an appointment in Salem, Oregon, call Riverfront Dental LLC at 503.370.7651. Dr. Scott Howe and our team look forward to seeing you!