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Oral Health maladies like gum disease, cavity, and oral cancer are a serious concern throughout the American population. To help address and prevent these problems the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth each morning and night as well as making a conscious effort to thoroughly floss at least once per day.

The ADA also recommends having a routine dental checkup performed by a professionally trained dentist, every six months. This simple outpatient appointment can help detect any oral health problems for early treatment and reduced risk of complications.

Each check-up performed at our dental office is designed to clean your teeth and catch oral health conditions early. It starts with a dental hygienist cleaning your teeth to remove any traces of hardened tartar. This will be followed by a simple polishing treatment to help remove minor dental stains.

Once your teeth have been professionally cleaned and polished, Dr. F. Todd Wortham and Dr. Seth Jorgensen will examine your mouth for any early signs of a problem. If we find any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, we will help you understand the most available treatment plan.  

In some instances, this might also include preventative care such as a fluoride treatment or installing dental sealants to your back teeth.

Once this is done, we will perform a basic screening for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. If we find an area of concern with your mouth or other soft oral tissues we will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Valdez, Alaska, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 907-885-2436 to schedule a dental checkup at Foothills Dentistry.