Regular oral examinations and dental cleanings at Orchard Park Dental & Implant Center in Kelowna are essential to preventive dental hygiene, and can help you keep your smile healthy.
Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, afford your dentist the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, bite, jaw and gums. 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 analyze the face, tongue, lips, neck, throat, gums, and tissues for any signs of oral cancer which are difficult to detect without a thorough inspection.
Oral Health Care at Home
To keep your smile healthy between dental appointments, remember 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 complete a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to defend against and treat disease.
To begin, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque buildup. Next they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to eliminate any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child is recognized as being at high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.