Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, allow your dentist to identify any oral health concerns and make a treatment plan accordingly.
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 your exam, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which are difficult to identify to the untrained 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.
Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums to treat and prevent disease.
To begin, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. Next, they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by thoroughly flossing your teeth and gums.
If you or your child has a high risk of tooth decay, a fluoride treatment may be recommended by your dentist. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.