Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your head, neck and oral cavity, this includes but not limited to our teeth, gums and tongue, this is to check for anything which is out of the ordinary. Oral cancer screenings are also a regular part of the dental examination.
X rays are taken following your dental examination, an effective and useful tool which is used to look for any signs of early tooth decay and check for any abnormalities which cannot be seen in the mouth.
Following the initial dental exam your dentist will clean your teeth and highlight any areas of concern. Teeth cleaning involves the removal of plaque and calculus (also known as tartar) which is the build up of bacteria on the tooth surface. The build up of plaque and calculus causes inflammation of the gums, a condition known as gingivitis. If left untreated gingivitis can progress further to affect the soft tissue and bone surrounding your teeth causing mobile teeth or loss of teeth. This condition is known as Periodontitis or Periodontal disease.
By following good oral hygiene practices and seeing your dentist on a regular basis you will be able to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy and tackle any problems early and prevent the need for more invasive dental treatment and procedures.