A healthy smile should last a lifetime, but like anything else, preserving the beauty of your teeth requires care. Regular brushing and flossing will go a long way to protect your teeth, but it is also important to regularly have your teeth cleaned and polished by a dental hygienist.
Regular appointments are vital for good health, preventive dentistry, x-rays, cleaning, scaling, polishing, fluoride, proper brushing/flossing education
When you come in to see us for a cleaning, the dental hygienist will begin by cleaning your teeth and removing plaque and tartar build up. Then they will polish the surface of your teeth to remove stains and they may treat your teeth with fluoride. Finally they will check your teeth and gums for any signs of disease.
As part of your regular cleaning visit, we will examine your mouth and gums for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer, such as bumps and discolouration in your mouth tissue.
We may also take X-rays of your mouth to check the health and structure of your teeth roots and the bones in your jaw.
If during the oral screening we detect tissue that may be cancerous, we will need to take a sample of the tissue that can then be tested for cancer cells. If a biopsy is necessary we will remove a sample of tissue from the suspected area, and then send the sample to be tested.