Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

Here at Dental Health Group we have a saying: “The best dental care begins before there’s ever a problem.” Regular dental exams help us solve small issues before they become big ones. They’re a key preventative measure that will help keep your mouth, teeth, gums and bones healthy both now and for years to come.

A good dental exam with one of our dentists will have several parts. First, we’ll start with a simple chat, asking you questions about your flossing and brushing habits and coaching you where we feel you need a little help. We’ll also ask about a range of other topics that affect your oral health, such as the medications you’re taking. By having an idea of your complete medical history we can then be aware of any health conditions that may affect the success of dental treatments or procedures or that may be associated with oral health problems. The following are some examples of what one of our dentists will be looking for during your exam.

  • Teeth that may be missing, decayed or damaged
  • Cavities: all tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments
  • Gum condition and signs of periodontal disease
  • How past dental work has fared over time: this would include root canals, crowns and fillings
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Suspicious looking cysts or growths
  • The bite and positioning of your teeth
  • Bruxism (grinding your teeth which can then cause a headache or sore jaw)
  • The functionality of your temporomandibular joint

In addition to examining your mouth, our dentists will also:

  • Feel your glands and the lymph nodes around your neck for signs of inflammation.
  • Examine your dental x-rays (radiographs) which is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, fractures, decay, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth, root positions and impacted wisdom teeth.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Do you ever wonder why your dentist always recommends coming in for a cleaning every six to nine months, even though you brush and floss regularly at home? When you have a professional cleaning (dental prophylaxis) with one of our hygienists, you are taking a very important step in protecting your good health and preserving the beauty of your smile.

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar) and plaque: As part of the cleaning process, your hygienist will remove hard, sticky substances, called plaque and tartar, from your teeth. Plaque and tartar are full of harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. If your dentist sees signs of cavities or gum disease, they will discuss the situation with you and recommend appropriate treatment. They will also do a thorough check for early warning signs of oral cancers and other oral health conditions.
  • Teeth polishing: Your hygienist will also polish your teeth, including your fillings, crowns and other dental restorations. Polishing protects your teeth by smoothing tooth surfaces, making it harder for plaque and tartar to take hold. A professional cleaning also gets rid of stains and mild discolourations, so that your smile not only feels better – it looks better too!
  • Fluoride treatment: During the cleaning process, your hygienist may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride treatments are very important because they can actually reverse minor tooth decay. Fluoride works by washing over your teeth and accumulating in demineralized areas (places where cavities are beginning to form), gradually filling in tiny holes caused by harmful bacteria. This process is called remineralization and improves the strength of your teeth.

We know that your dental health depends on regular brushing and flossing. So our dental hygienists are specially trained to help you to develop good dental habits at home. Your hygienist will review your brushing and flossing techniques and show you how to get the best results from your daily dental routines. As part of your dental cleaning, your hygienist or dentist will review the health of your teeth, gums and mouth and suggest protective measures, such as sealants or nightguards, if necessary.

Good oral hygiene practices are essential not only for keeping your mouth free of pain and your teeth looking great, but also for maintaining your overall health. 

To book a professional cleaning, please contact the friendly staff at Dental Health Group today!