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Dental Cleaning and Exam2019-11-01T03:41:19+00:00

Dental Cleaning and Exam

Dental cleaning and examinations are recommended biannually to patients by most dentists. Dentists look for any signs of dental and oral issues by conducting an evaluation of the teeth and gums through visual and tactile exams and x-rays. Once your dentist completes these steps, your dentist or hygienist will clean the teeth thoroughly, removing calculus and plaque that you are unable to remove at home.

Dental Cleaning and Exam

The Dental Exam

Your dental exam will include the following:

A digital x-ray: This is used to examine areas of the bones and teeth which are not visible to the human eye. Your dentist will detect if decay, tumors, cysts or bone loss is present. These conditions are unnoticed on the surface.

Complete evaluation of the gums: Your gums and tissues surrounding the teeth will be examined to determine if signs of periodontal disease, gingivitis and receding gums are present.

Examination of the teeth: Your dentist or dental hygienist will closely observe the teeth to determine if there is decay or damage present.

Screening for Oral Cancer: A complete examination of the head and neck will be conducted. This allows your dentist to look for signs of tissue change. Your dentist in Calgary will look at your face, neck, tissues and gums to detect symptoms of oral cancer.

Dental Cleaning and Exam

The Dental Cleaning:

Your dental cleaning will include the following:

Tartar removal: Your dental hygienist will remove tartar also referred to as calculus. The calculus is a hardened plaque that is difficult to remove.

Removal of Plaque: The plaque on the surface of your teeth is removed to cleanse your mouth and rid it from debris that accumulates over time. Debris in the mouth has the ability to cause gum inflammation which can lead to periodontal disease.

Polishing of the Teeth: This is an essential part of your dental cleaning as it removes the remainder of debris and plaque in your mouth.

Topical Fluoride Application: Fluoride remineralizes the teeth, making them stronger. Your teeth will be more resistant to decay and less prone to sensitivity.

Dental Cleaning and Exam
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