Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, allow your dentist to identify any oral health issues and make a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will examine the condition of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. Dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, and other diagnostic procedures may also be included in exams.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues can be affected by oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer that are difficult to detect with the naked eye on your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums.
Oral Health Care at Home
To keep your smile healthy between dental appointments, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day.
One of our hygienists will clean your teeth by removing tartar and dental plaque responsible for cavities and gum inflammation. You will find smooth teeth and a feeling of freshness.
After that, the hygienist will polish your teeth by passing a small rotating brush covered in concentrated cleaning paste over their surface. This action will make your teeth even smoother and remove some stains.
Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment if you or your child is at high risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can aid in the rebuilding of minerals in your tooth enamel, thereby preventing or reversing tooth decay.