Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Dubreuil Lévesque Dental Centre in Gatineau can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Oral exams ideally done twice a year allow your dentist to identify any oral health problems.
During the oral examination, your dentist closely examines the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Dental x-rays or oral cancer screening can also be done by your dentist, if necessary.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which are difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
To begin, they will use a scaler to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. Next, they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child has a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.