Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Downtown Dental of Hamilton help prevent dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
A routine dental exam, ideally twice per year, allows your dentist a chance to identify any oral health issues and make a plan for treatment.
Your dentist will examine the health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite during your examination. Dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, and other diagnostic procedures may also be included in your exam.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth or the tissues that surround it. Oral cancer is difficult to detect with the naked eye, but your dentist will check for signs of it in the tissues and gums of your face, neck, lips, tongue, and other areas of your mouth.
Oral Health Care at Home
Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day, helps keep your mouth healthy between dental appointments.
Before or after your exam, a dental hygienist will perform deep cleans on teeth and gums to prevent or treat disease.
To begin, they'll use a scaler to scrape away any tartar or plaque. After that, they'll use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any remaining stains or plaque. Then, they will floss your teeth and gums thoroughly.
Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatment if you or your child is at high risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can aid in rebuilding your tooth enamel, thereby preventing or reversing tooth decay.