Regular oral exams give your dentist the opportunity to identify any oral health concerns and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. Exams may also include dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which are difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day to keep your smile healthy between dental appointments.
A dental hygiene cleaning consists of deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
Your dental hygienist will first use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. Next, they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Your dentist will assess your risk of tooth decay and may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.