By attending routine oral exams, preferably two times a year, you are providing your dentist with the chance to find and treat any arising oral health problems.
Throughout your exam, your dentist will look closely at the health of your gums, jaw, bite, and teeth. They may also conduct dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, as well as other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer could affect any part of your mouth or the surrounding tissues. As part of your exam, your dentist will evaluate the lips, neck, tissues, throat, tongue, and gums for signs of cancer that are hard to spot with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
To maintain a healthy smile between your dental visits, make sure you are brushing your teeth two times daily for two minutes at a time and flossing at least once every day.
Prior to or after your exam, your dental hygienist will conduct a thorough cleaning of your gums and teeth to prevent and treat dental diseases.
They will start by using a scaler to remove any buildup or any plaque and tartar. Then they will use a polisher and a coarse toothpaste to help remove any remaining plaque or stains, after this they will thoroughly floss your teeth and gums.
Are you or your child at a high risk of tooth decay? If so, your dentist might recommend having a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that could help rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel, in order to help reverse or prevent tooth decay.