At our Vancouver dental office, Homer Dental, we always encourage our patients to have regular check up and cleaning. Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy
An examination by a dentist plays a key role in maintaining good oral health. Dentists are the doctor of the mouth. The health of the mouth is linked to the body. Your dentist is trained to identify early signs of disease in the mouth that could relate to other health issues such as diabetes. The dental exam also plays a significant role in the early detection of oral cancer
Here is a list of what is done by the dentist during the exam
- Examining the gums
- Looking for signs of gum disease
- Looking at the tissues inside of your mouth
- Examining your tongue + checking your bite
- Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Checking for broken teeth
- Checking for damaged fillings
- Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluating any dental appliances you have
- Checking the contact between your teeth
- Taking X-rays
Here is a list of what is done by the hygienist during the cleaning
- Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Removing any plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
- Full Mouth Probing to evaluate gum pockets and recession
- Oral cancer screening with a velscope + diagnostic photos.
- Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
What you should do between each dental visit
Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can manage it by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for good oral care at home.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Floss daily.
It’s important that you see your dentist every four to six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.