Preventive Dental Hygiene
Routine oral exams and hygiene cleanings at Kerhoulas Dental Rosedale in Toronto can help prevent dental issues from starting and keep your smile healthy.
Regular exams, which should ideally happen twice a year, allow your dentist to identify any oral health issues and allows for a proper treatment plan.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. Exams may also include dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures.
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 unless you know what you are looking for.
Oral Health Care at Home
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once per day can help your teeth to stay healthy while you wait for your next dentist appointment.
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.
If you are someone who is at high risk for tooth decay, your dentist may perform a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral found in nature that is used to rebuild your tooth enamel, which can prevent and even help reverse tooth decay.