It is ideal to schedule routine oral exams, preferably twice a year, in order to provide your dentist with the opportunity to detect any oral health concerns and form an appropriate treatment plan.
During your exam, your dentist will be looking at the general 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 is able to affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. Throughout your examination, your dentist will be checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which generally can be challenging to detect.
Oral Health Care at Home
In order to keep your smile healthy while between dental appointments, it is ideal to brush your teeth at least twice daily for no less than two minutes at a time, as well as floss on a daily basis.
Your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums either before or after your exam in order to prevent and treat diseases.
During this deep cleaning, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. After they have removed any signs of build-up they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
For those who have a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment along with your regular cleaning. Fluoride is a natural mineral that has the ability to help rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.