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    There are so many important things that you can do to care for your smile every day at home. However, professional assessments and cleanings are equally important. Today, our Cheney dentists are here to help you better understand the ins and outs of professional dental care.

    When you come in for your appointment, we’ll get you settled into the dentist’s chair, and ask you whether you’ve noticed any dramatic changes to your smile lately. Then, we’ll get to work…

    Checking for cavities: our dental team will look for spots of dental discoloration, which can indicate an infection. We may also probe the enamel, looking for soft spots. We’ll may also take x-rays of your smile, which can show us otherwise invisible areas of infection.

    Oral cancer screening: regular screenings allow our team to catch cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues in their earliest stages. Early detection can make all of the difference when it comes to treating all types of oral cancers.

    Helping you tweak your at-home oral hygiene routine: as we assess your smile, we’ll be able to pinpoint any areas of your daily oral health routine that may need to be optimized. For example, you may benefit from adding a mouth rinse in the morning or before bed, or switching up your toothbrush.  

    Making long-term dental plans: one of the benefits of working with our comprehensive dental team is that we can help you make a long-term plan for your smile: everything from cosmetic, to restorative, to preventive treatments. 

    The ADA recommends that patients of all ages complete dental cleanings every six months or so. Even if it has been years since you have been in to the see your dentist, it is never too late to get back on track. As always, our Cheney dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to give you all of the information and guidance that you need. 


    It’s that time of year when we are prone to developing colds, coughs, and flu-like symptoms. Yuck!

    You probably already know what how to boost your immunity when you’re not feeling well, but what about your smile? Keep reading to get some tips from our Cheney dentists!

    You may notice a number of different dental issues when you are under the weather:

    Dry mouth: when your mouth is dry, you may notice that your teeth feel grimier and less smooth. Dry mouth also contributes to bad breath. So, make sure that you are rinsing your mouth regularly, as well as drinking plenty of water.

    Bad breath: we already know that bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. Additionally, if you have a cold and experience post-nasal drip, you’ll likely find that your entire mouth feels and smells stale. Again, keeping your mouth as clean and moist as possible will help minimize these issues.

    Sore throat: you may develop a sore throat if you have a head cold, and your throat may also start to feel sore if you are coughing or vomiting a lot. Try gently gargling with warm salt water, or a specially-formulated mouth rinse to ease discomfort.

    Inflamed oral tissues: as bacteria build up in your mouth, oral tissues, such as your tonsils and gums, may become swollen or tender. Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and that you are applying gentle pressure so as not to exacerbate the issue and possibly cause permanent oral tissue damage.  

    Taking care of your smile when you’re sick is good for both your oral health and full-body wellness. As always, please feel free to reach out to our Cheney dentist for additional information and guidance. You can also schedule a personal consultation with our team to get more personalized recommendations.