Many Canadians visit their dentist at least once or twice a year for routine check ups and exams. During your visit, your dentist will always review both your dental and medical history. It is very important that your dental team is kept up to date with your overall health information to avoid unexpected consequences of medications or dental procedures. During the exam, the dentist will look inside your mouth, examining your teeth, gums and jaw joint. They will also complete an oral cancer screening. When indicated, x-rays may be advised to ensure problems are not hiding below the surface of teeth, between teeth, under any previous dental work or in the surrounding gums and bone. Once the examination is complete, your dentist will always discuss any potential issues that were found and provide recommendations if indicated.
Often, this will occur at the same appointment of your dental cleaning. The cleaning begins by removing plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the teeth. The cleaning is followed by a polishing which removes surface staining and provides a smooth and shiny surface to your teeth.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.