Preventive Dental Hygiene
Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Vic West Dentistry in Victoria can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally two times a year, you'll visit your dentist for a routine oral exam, where he or she will take the opportunity to identify any emerging oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During this exam, your dentist will closely inspect the condition of your teeth, jaw, gums and bite. Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. During your checkup, your dentist will examine your face, lips, tongue, neck, throat, gums and tissues for any signs of oral cancer, which can be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments is key to ensuring your checkup goes smoothly - and maintaining excellent oral health. Remember to brush twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss at least per once day.
A deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is a critical part of your routine dental checkup. Your dental hygienist will complete this critical task before or after your exam, to prevent and treat 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 remove any remaining stains or plaque. Your teeth and gums will then be thoroughly flossed.
Are you or your child at high risk of tooth decay? Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.