Dental Exams & Cleanings
During your first visit to your dentist, you will have a full dental examination to gauge a baseline understanding of the health of your teeth and gums as well as a professional cleaning. The following procedures will be carried out:
- Dental X-ray – To check for decay, cavities, tumors, cysts and bone loss. It can also help to determine poor tooth and root positioning.
- Oral cancer screen – Checking the neck, face, tongue, lips, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease screen – To check your gums and the bone surrounding the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Tooth decay screen – Checking the entire tooth surface for decay with specific dental instruments.
- Exam of existing restorations – Checking all current fillings, crowns, etc. to ensure they are in good condition.
Cleaning (Performed by Registered Hygienist)
After your dental exam, a Registered Dental Hygienist will give your teeth a professional cleaning to achieve the following:
- Remove tartar buildup – Tartar build up is hardened plaque formed over time on the tooth surface. It can form above or below the gum line and its removal is performed using special dental instruments.
- Remove plaque buildup – Plaque is an amalgamation of living bacteria, saliva and food debris. These bacteria can produce toxins that can cause gum inflammation which can become the start of periodontal disease.
- Polishing - Removes stains and plaque buildup that may not otherwise be removed with standard brushing.