Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Slave Lake Dental can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you will see your dentist to give them the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums. This exam may also involve an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a serious disease that can infect any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, your dentist will inspect your face, throat, tissues, gums, tongue, neck and lips for any signs of this condition, which are difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments is key to oral health. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is a critical part of your dental exam. Your dental hygienist will perform this critical task before or after your exam, to prevent and treat disease.
To start, a scaler will be used to remove any tartar and plaque buildup, Next, the hygienist will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to eliminate any remaining plaque or stains. This will be followed with a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Are you or your child at high risk of tooth decay? Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel, preventing or reversing tooth decay.