Throughout the day, plaque (a sticky film that forms on the surfaces of your teeth) and bacteria build up inside your mouth. Even though this is a natural process, having an overabundance of each can quickly lead to oral health issues. With regular brushing and flossing, you can keep both at bay.
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Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, along with regular dental visits, are essential habits for preventing serious oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. However, even with proper preventive measures, problems can still occur. The longer these problems go undiagnosed and untreated, the worse they become, leading to serious infections and missing teeth.
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A visual inspection of your mouth will give us some clues, but it is only a part of a larger picture. There are many parts of your mouth that cannot be seen, such as the areas between your teeth and under your gums. At National Dental Williston Park, we can see these hidden structures thanks to the assistance of digital X-rays.
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Cleanings are done as a measure to prevent gum disease from occurring. We recommend at least two cleanings a year. During your cleaning, we scrape the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup. We can reach the areas that might go overlooked. Cleanings are designed to prevent gum disease and other oral health issues from occurring in the first place.
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Dentistry for Kids
At National Dental, we recommend that your child have at least two cleanings and exams each year, just like you. With a dental cleaning, we scrape the surfaces of your child’s teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Their teeth are polished using an electric handpiece and special abrasive polish.
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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can strike anywhere in the mouth, including your lips, tongue, gums, palate, the floor of the mouth and near the entrance to the throat. It is a deadly disease, especially if it's not detected (and treated) early. Only half of those diagnosed annually survive longer than five years. Early detection is essential for increasing your chances of remission.
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