Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Delta Dental Offices can help you prevent dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
About two times per year, you'll see your dentist for a routine oral exam. This provides them the opportunity to identify any developing oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the condition of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums. Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and any other diagnostic procedures that may be required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can infect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. Your dentist will examine your neck, throat, face, tissues, gums, and lips for any signs of oral cancer which can be difficult to identify with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
A consistent at-home oral health care routine can be critical to keeping your smile healthy. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums can be a critical part of your dental appointment. Your dental hygienist will perform this task before or after your exam to help treat and prevent disease.
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 eliminate any remaining plaque or stains, followed by thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Are you or your child at high risk for tooth decay? If so, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to help reverse or prevent tooth decay.