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Maintaining good oral health throughout the course of your life encompasses many different aspects. While brushing and flossing your teeth daily is certainly a critical first step, you will also need to attend a dental exam and cleaning twice each year at our Dental Arts of Frederick’s Frederick, Maryland practice.

Each of these appointments starts with a thorough dental cleaning and polishing performed by one of our highly-skilled dental hygienists. Once this is done, our Dental Arts of Frederick prosthodontist will examine your mouth for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Should he notice a problem area, Dr. Kevin Oakes will present you with various treatment options.

At the end of the checkup, your prosthodontist will perform a standard screening for any overt signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. The screening involves an inspection of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to tell Dr. Oakes about any increased risk factors or concerns you have.

If our prosthodontist has any concerns, he will refer you to a specialist to seek further treatment. Detecting oral or pharyngeal cancer early can significantly improve your treatment options and success.

If you live in the Frederick, Maryland area and you are concerned that you may have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 301-663-5552 to schedule a checkup and screening at Dental Arts of Frederick. We look forward to helping you with all of your smile care needs.