Visiting Alouette Dental Centre in Maple Ridge for regular oral examinations can help you prevent dental issues and maintain a healthy smile.
Ideally twice each year, you'll see your dentist for a regular oral exam. This gives them the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your gums, teeth, jaw and bite. Exams can 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 your face, neck, tongue, lips, throat, gums and tissues for any symptoms of oral cancer, which might be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keep your smile healthy between dental appointments by brushing your teeth twice every day for two minutes each time. Floss at least once a day.
Your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums before or after your exam to prevent and treat disease.
To start, 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 remaining stains and plaque. This will be followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Has your dentist indicated that you or your child are at high risk for tooth decay? A fluoride treatment may be recommended. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.