Regular oral examinations and dental hygiene cleanings are a cornerstone of excellent oral health. At Evergreen Dental in Dartmouth, we take a proactive approach to helping you keep your smile healthy.
We recommend our patients see us twice a year for a thorough oral examination. During your exam, we take the opportunity to find any oral health issues and plan to treat them as appropriate.
Your dentist will closely inspect the health of your gums, teeth, jaw and bite. An exam may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures you may need.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will inspect your face, lips, tongue, neck, throat, gums and tissues for any signs of oral cancer, which are in many cases first identified by medical professionals.
Oral Health Care at Home
Taking care of your smile at home is key to maintaining oral health. Between dental appointments, follow a routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss at least once a day.
Your dental hygienist will complete a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums before or after your oral exam. This allows us to prevent and treat diseases.
To start, a scaler will be used to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. Next, coarse toothpaste will be applied to a polisher so your hygienist can remove any remaining stains or plaque. They will then floss your teeth and gums.
Your dentist may also suggest a fluoride treatment if you or your child are at high risk of tooth decay. This natural mineral helps to rebuild minerals in your tooth enamel, preventing or reversing decay.