Twice-yearly dental exams are an important step in maintaining good oral health. They allow our dentist to identify any potential issues and develop a plan to address them. During your exam, the dentist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. The exam may also include diagnostic procedures such as dental X-rays and an oral cancer screening. These exams are an opportunity for the dentist to catch any issues early and prevent them from becoming more severe over time..
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. To detect it early, during your dental exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of the disease, which can be difficult to spot. The early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer is crucial for successful treatment and recovery.
Oral Health Care at Home
To keep your smile healthy all year long, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day.
Before or after 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.
If tooth decay is a concern, your Kingston dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment as an additional preventive measure. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help strengthen and rebuild tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. This treatment is particularly beneficial for those who have a higher risk of developing cavities, whether it be you or your child.