With every comprehensive oral exam, we perform an oral cancer screening - you will have your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums examined for any signs of abnormalities. We will also assess the development of both teeth and jaw to monitor the growth in kids. We also take and examine x-rays to find signs of decay, tumors, cysts and/or bone loss. X-rays help us determine tooth and root positions, giving us an in-depth look at the structure of your mouth and a comprehensive view of your oral health.
During your hygiene appointment your dental Hygienist will assess the gum health and advice on the necessary gum treatment. Your treatment will likely include scaling and root planning (debridement) to remove plaque and calculus/tartar from the tooth surfaces. This is done using powered instruments such as an ultrasonic instrument and/or hand instruments. The dental hygienist may also share information with you related to brushing/flossing, risk of dental decay, smoking cessation, nutrition information, and/or the link between oral-systemic health based on your individual needs.
Some of your teeth may then be polished to remove any remaining stains and if needed, you may receive a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth, prevent decay, and/or decrease sensitivity.