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There are several factors that contribute toward the prevention of cavities, gum disease and other oral health conditions. A consistent oral hygiene routine is the very first step in maintaining a healthy mouth. It includes brushing your teeth every morning and night as well as making a conscious effort to floss at least once per day.

Maintaining a healthy mouth in the long-term also involves attending routine dental checkups twice each year. The first step in this appointment entails one of Jason M. Peterson, DDS’s dental hygienists cleaning and polishing your teeth.

After hardened tartar, bacterial deposits and minor dental stains have been removed from your teeth Dr. Jason M. Peterson will then administer a comprehensive oral exam to detect any early signs of gum disease, tooth decay or other oral health problems. If a problem area is found our doctor will explain your treatment or preventive care options.

The oral exam portion of the dental checkup also includes a simple screening for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. It involves a basic examination of your neck, tongue, throat and other oral tissues for signs of swelling, discoloration or other abnormalities.

If you have noticed anything out of the ordinary, such as a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat, you should tell our doctor so he can take a closer look.

If you live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, region and have an oral health concern, you should call 208.524.3400 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Jason M. Peterson and his staff.