Routine oral exams and hygiene cleanings performed by our team at O'Connor Dental Health Group aim to prevent dental issues from developing in your mouth.
You should visit your dentist for an oral exam at least twice a year. These exams allow your dentist the opportunity to identify oral health problems and make plans for treatment.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. Exams may also include dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any visible signs of oral cancer that you may not have noticed.
Oral Health Care at Home
Brushing your teeth twice a day and floss at least once per day to ensure your teeth stay healthy between your scheduled dental appointments.
At some point during your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
To begin, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. Next, they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Fluoride treatment can be performed on you or your child if there is a high risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.