Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Anchor Dental Group in Swift Current can help you prevent dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally, you will see your dentist twice a year for routine oral exams. At this time, he or she will take the opportunity to identify any oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will check the health of your gums, teeth, jaw, and bite. Dental x-rays and an oral cancer screening, along with other required diagnostic procedures may also be completed.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues can develop an infection called oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will inspect your face, tongue, lips, neck, tissues, gums, and throat for any signs of oral cancer, which can be difficult to see with the naked eye.
- CariVu Caries Detection
Tooth decay, lesions and cracks can sometimes be difficult to detect. DEXIS CariVu™, the portable caries detection device, uses transillumination technology to help identify decayed lesions and cracks on and between teeth. CariVu shines safe, near-infrared light on a tooth. While porous lesions appear dark, your enamel will appear transparent.
Oral Health Care at Home
Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day for two minutes each time to keep your smile healthy until your next dental appointment. You should also floss at least once a day.
A deep cleaning of your teeth and gums helps prevent and treat disease. Your dental hygienist will complete these before or after your exam.
To begin, any plaque buildup and tartar will be removed using a scaler. Next, they will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover plaque or stains. The cleaning will conclude with a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If your dentist deems you or your child to be at high risk for tooth decay, they may also recommend a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral can help to rebuild minerals in your tooth enamel, preventing or reversing tooth decay.