Help prevent dental issues and keep your smile healthy with regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Chapman Mills Dental in Ottawa.
Ideally twice a year, you'll see your dentist for a regular oral exam. This allows them the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will check on the health of your teeth, bite, gums and jaw. Exams may also involve taking dental X-Rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues may be affected by oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will inspect the neck, face, tongue, lips, gums, tissues and throat for any signs of oral cancer, which may be difficult to see with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Having a consistent at-home oral care routine is key to keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day.
Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will complete a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
To start, a scaler will be used to eliminate any plaque and tartar buildup. Next, they will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover plaque or stains. Your teeth and gums will then be thoroughly flossed.
Are you or your child at high risk of tooth decay? Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild minerals in your tooth enamel, effectively preventing or reversing tooth decay.