Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Herongate Dental Clinic in Ottawa can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll visit your dentist for a routine oral exam. This gives them the opportunity to identify any emerging oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the condition of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and any other diagnostic procedures that may be required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will inspect your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, gums and tissues for any signs of oral cancer, which can be difficult to identify with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments is a vital part of oral health. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is an essential component of your oral exam. Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will complete this critical task to prevent and treat disease.
To start, a scaler will be used to eliminate any plaque buildup and tartar. Next, the dental hygienist will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque. A thorough flossing of your teeth and gums will finish the cleaning.
If your dentist finds that you or your child are at high risk of tooth decay, a fluoride treatment may be recommended. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse decay.