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Cavities, chipped teeth, oral cancer, pharyngeal cancer, and periodontal disease all pose a serious threat to your overall oral health and quality of life. Detecting these oral health maladies early can help develop an effective treatment plan before they have a chance to worsen. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association recommends having a dental exam and cleaning performed at a dentist’s office twice each year.

Here at James D. Schuette. DDS., each dental checkup starts with a thorough dental cleaning performed by one of our dental hygienists. The treatment is designed to remove plaque and hardened tartar from your teeth. During the dental cleaning, your hygienist will also keep an eye out for overt signs cavities or gum disease. It also a dental polishing treatment to remove surface stains from the teeth in your smile. Dr. James D. Schuette will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth. If he finds any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, hewill present you with the applicable treatment options. Our team will then perform an oral cancer screening. To do this someone will examine your mouth, neck, tongue, and throat to detect any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. If Dr. James D. Schuette finds an area of concern, he will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and you’re due for your next dental checkup and cleaning, you should call 816-554-7656 to schedule an appointment at James D. Schuette. DDS..