Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Cornerstone Dental with Dr. Clark in Vernon can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll see a dentist for a routine oral exam. This affords them the opportunity to spot any oral health issues and develop a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will check the condition of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums. Exams may also involve an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can become infected with oral cancer. During this test, your doctor will examine your face, neck, tongue, lips, throat, gums, and tissues for any signs of oral cancer which could be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keep your smile healthy between dental appointments by brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Floss at least once a day to keep your teeth clean and your mouth fresh.
A deep cleaning of your teeth is a critical component of your dental appointment. Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform this essential task to prevent and treat disease.
To start, a scaler will be used to remove any plaque buildup and tartar. Next, the hygienist will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to remove any plaque or leftover stains. A thorough flossing of your teeth and gums will cap off the cleaning.
If your dentist finds that you or your child are at high risk of tooth decay, a fluoride treatment may be recommended. This natural mineral can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.