Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Bridlewood Dental can help you maintain your oral health and treat any emerging dental issues before they become a larger problem.
Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, give your dentist the opportunity to examine your teeth, identify any oral health issues, and create a custom treatment plan.
During your exam, your dentist will assess the health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. They will take any X-rays required and perform an oral cancer screening.
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 signs of oral cancer which are difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
At-home oral health care is important. In between dental appointments, be sure to brush your teeth twice daily 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 thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Fluoride treatment may be recommended for your 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.