Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Alta Vista Laser Dental Centre in Ottawa can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll visit your dentist for a regular oral exam, to give them the opportunity to spot any emerging oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will inspect the condition of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums. Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can impact any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, your dentist will check your face, neck, throat, tissues, tongue, lips 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. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Remember to floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning is a critical part of your oral exam. Your dental hygienist will perform this important task before or after your exam to prevent and treat disease.
To start, they will use a scaler to eliminate any plaque buildup and tartar. Next, a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste will be used to remove any remaining stains or plaque, 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 can help to rebuild minerals found in your tooth enamel, which prevent or reverse tooth decay.