Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Brooks Landing Dental in Nanaimo can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll visit your dentist to give them the opportunity to identify any emerging oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will inspect the condition of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums. These exams may also include dental x-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will check your face, lips, tongue, throat, neck, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer, which can 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 daily for two minutes each time. Remember to floss at least once per day.
The hygiene cleaning is a key part of your dental exam. Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will complete this essential task to prevent and treat disease on your teeth and gums.
To start, a scaler will be used to remove any plaque buildup and tartar. Next, the hygienist will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed with a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child is at high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.