Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Montague River Dentistry in Montague can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll see your dentist for a routine oral exam. This provides them the opportunity to identify any emerging oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your teeth, gums, bite and jaw. Exams may include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and any other diagnostic procedures that may be required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth and surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. Your dentist will inspect your face, lips, throat, tongue, neck, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer during your exam, which can be difficult to see with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments is critical to your oral health. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least once daily.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is a critical component to your oral exam. Your dental hygienist will perform this essential task before or after your exam to prevent and treat disease.
To start, they will use a scaler to eliminate any plaque buildup or tartar. Next, a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste will be used to remove any remaining plaque or stains, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Has your dentist identified you or your child as being at high risk for tooth decay? He or she may recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.