Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, allow your dentist to examine your teeth, identify oral health issues, and create a customized treatment plan.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the state 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 impact 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 can be difficult to detect with the naked 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 thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to treat and prevent disease.
First, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. Next, they will use a polisher and a coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child has a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment as well. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.