Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Westlake Dental in Lloydminster 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 provides them the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and develop an appropriate, customized plan to treat them.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected by oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will inspect your face, neck, tongue, lips, tissues, throat and gums 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 essential to your oral health, and your overall wellbeing. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is a critical part of your oral exam. Your dental hygienist will perform this essential task either before or after your exam to prevent and treat disease.
To start, the hygienist will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque buildup. Next, a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste will be used to remove any remaining plaque or stains, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
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 helps to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.