Professional dental cleanings and checkups are key to excellent oral health. Our Halifax dentists provide effective preventive dental care and advice you need to keep your smile clean and white.
Regular Oral Exams
During regular examinations, your dentist will take the opportunity to carefully inspect your teeth, gums and bite for any problems or oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gingivitis, and create a treatment plan.
Your dentist will also check previous dental work, such as root canals, fillings and crowns. They'll also examine the position of your teeth and identify signs of disorders that could cause sensitivity or pain. Dental exams may include dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Digital & Panoramic X-Rays
Digital x-rays use sensors in place of traditional photographic x-ray film to deliver remarkably detailed computer images of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. They can be viewed instantly, and are easy to view and manipulate using software and a display screen. Panoramic x-rays produce a single, flat representation of your entire mouth.
X-rays allow your dentist to see oral structures, diseases and abnormalities that are invisible to human eyes, and diagnose oral health issues.
Before or following your exam, your dental hygienist will give your teeth a professional deep cleaning. Professional dental cleanings are key to good oral health as special tools are used to remove tartar (plaque that has built up and cannot be cleared by brushing and flossing, but can cause gum disease if not removed). This process is called scaling.
Your teeth will then be polished with an electric toothbrush and flossed. You'll then rinse with liquid fluoride. The result: a clean smile!
Your bones and teeth contain fluoride. This mineral helps prevent cavities and strengthens dental enamel. We provide fluoride treatment as required for both children and adults during regular dental checkups.
Oral Cancer Screening
We may screen for oral cancer during your regular appointment. During the screening, your dentist will inspect your throat, neck, lips, tongue, tissues and gums for signs of oral cancer.
Preventive Care at Home
Daily oral hygiene is critical to your overall oral health. Between appointments, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily, ideally as part of your bedtime routine. Don't forget to rinse with water after brushing, and following each meal if you are unable to brush.
Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for tips on how to take good care of your teeth between checkups.