Routinely scheduled oral exams, ideally set up with your dentist twice each year, will give your dental professionals the chance to identify any oral health issues in your smile as they emerge and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your smile, your teeth, your gums and your bite. Exams at our clinic may also include diagnostic procedures like X-rays or oral cancer screenings.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is capable of affecting any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, a dentist will check your neck, lips, face, throat, tongue, and gums for signs of oral cancer that may be otherwise quite difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
To keep your smile healthy between appointments at your dentist's office, make sure that you brush your teeth twice each day for up to two minutes at a time and floss your teeth at least once each day.
Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
To start, they will remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on your teeth using a scaler. Next, they will use a coarse toothpaste and polisher to remove leftover stains and plaque and follow all of that up with a thorough brushing of your gums and teeth.
If you or your child runs a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth's enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.