This is everything you need to know how we make sure you and your teeth are in great health.
Too many families in Abbotsford are suffering from poor oral health because they are not taking the time to get their teeth cleaned on a regular basis.
Teeth cleaning is a critical part of having healthy gums and teeth for life.
Here are some of the things we do during these important visits:
1. Dental Exam
This is a comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:
2. Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs)
This test is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
3. Oral cancer screening
We Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
4. Gum disease evaluation
This is where we check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
5. Examination of tooth decay
All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
6. Examination of existing restorations
We look at your current fillings, crowns, etc. and make sure everything is looking great.
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar)
Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
We remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.